The Minister of Interior and the Prosecutor General gave details on the recent developments in the investigation that led to the arrest of the suspect in Germany
Just in a few days, all necessary activities were undertaken, involving significant resources of the Ministry of Interior and the Prosecutor’s Office. The investigation was held in several main directions, not excluding any of the possible versions for committing the crime.
In the course of the investigation, a 21-year old male from Ruse was identified as the possible perpetrator. On 9th of October he was detained by the German police, following an official request of the Bulgarian authorities in compliance with the European procedures for mutual assistance in criminal matters. There is sufficient evidence linking directly the detainee to the crime scene and the victim. Part of the technical examinations are ready, and the experts continue their work on additional evidence concerning the crime.
Charges in absentia were pressed against the detainee – for rape and for murder, perpetrated with excessive brutality and extremely harmful for the victim. The available mechanisms for mutual legal assistance in criminal matters have been used in this case. The District Prosecutor's Office in Ruse immediately issued a European Arrest Warrant, as well as a European Investigation Order for the purpose of gathering evidence from the detainee’s belongings found in him upon his arrest in the Federal Republic of Germany. A procedure for executing the European Arrest Warrant before a German court will follow, in order to return the detainee to Bulgaria and raise the charges against him in person. Meanwhile, the examination of the facts related to the case continues, not excluding any of the possible versions raised in the course of the investigation.
So far there are no data linking the crime to the professional activities of the victim, but the arrest of the suspected perpetrator does not stop the work on all possible versions.
The Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria, Mr. Boyko Borissov, the Minister of Interior, Mr. Mladen Marinov, and the Prosecutor General, Mr. Sotir Tsatsarov, expressed their gratitude to all teams involved in the investigation for their efforts, as well as to the police of the Federal Republic of Germany for their immediate reaction and real-time cooperation.