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Suspect in Bulgarian Journalist's Murder Extradited from Germany

FILE - People take part in a candle-light vigil in memory of Bulgarian TV journalist Viktoria Marinova in Sofia, Bulgaria, Oct. 8, 2018.

Germany has extradited the suspect in the killing of Bulgarian television journalist Viktoria Marinova to Bulgaria, an Interior Ministry official said Wednesday.

Bulgarian Severin Krasimirov is to be charged in person with the rape and murder of 30-year-old Marinova, whose body was found in a park in her Danube hometown of Ruse on Oct 6. Police said she was beaten and raped and died of suffocation.

Prosecutors have said evidence did not indicate Marinova's death was related to her work and pointed to a random sexual crime although they are still investigating all possibilities.

Krasimirov was arrested in Germany last week where he admitted partial guilt to a German court.

"German authorities have handed over ... the 21-year-old citizen of Ruse," the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

A German prosecutor confirmed Krasimirov has been extradited via a flight from Frankfurt.