In August 2019, a six-year-old girl was found dead in the village of Sotirya, near the town of Sliven. The suspect, a 21-year-old man from the same village, was arrested by the police several hours later. Upon his arrest, the man confessed that he had committed the crime and was later accused of rape and homicide. Upon decision of the court, the person remained in detention throughout the proceedings. In January 2020, he was found guilty, sentenced to life imprisonment without parole and ordered to pay a financial compensation to the victim’s family. The brutality of the crime and the age of the victim provoked serious media attention. The case received extensive coverage from the moment the police reported the crime up until the trial’s closure. Public reactions, mostly at the local level, were also strong, as while the proceedings went on, several demonstrations took place demanding a more severe punishment of the defendant.The car accident in which journalist Milen Tsvetkov died (Bulgaria, 2020)
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