French tourists killed in Argentina: a new suspect arrested
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French tourists killed in Argentina: a new suspect arrested

Salta : Argentina | Aug 02, 2011 at 8:40 AM PDT
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San Lorenzo hill, west of Argentina's provincial capital Salta, is a popular tourist area

The information office of the Argentine Federal Justice announced that a man was arrested on the night of Monday to Tuesday in the province of Salta (North) as part of the investigation into the deaths of two French tourists, whose bodies were found Friday, July 29.

"A man was arrested for the murder of French tourists. This was decided by the judge in Salta, Martin Perez. This took place on the night of Monday," said the information office on its website. "The suspect will be questioned in the coming hours by the magistrate," the source said, without providing further details on the suspect.

The arrest took place just hours after another suspect, a horse owner, had been released for lack of evidence.

CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE MURDER

In addition, the Argentine press, quoting judicial sources, published information Tuesday about the circumstances of the murder of two young women. Houria Moumni, 24, has agonized for several hours after being shot in the back while trying to flee, says the national daily newspaper Clarin.

"Houria Moumni was hit by a shot that was not fatal. Haemorrhage was kept in a state of agony for several hours, until his death, probably at dawn the next morning" , reported a judicial source in the Argentine newspaper.

The source said the woman tried to flee after seeing her friend Cassandra Bouvier, 29, being raped and then shot in the forehead in a trail of Mount San Lorenzo, 12 km west Salta, 1 600 km north of Buenos Aires.

"Before being hit by a shot, Miss Moumni was hit and resisted rape. After a confrontation with his killer, she managed to escape and started running" on a steep wooded path, but has "fallen face against the ground, his assailant came and carried it out with the gun pressed against his back," reported the source, citing the preliminary findings of forensic experts.

POSSIBLE PRELIMINARY INQUIRY IN FRANCE

In addition, a preliminary inquiry could be opened in France, in Paris, provided that families give their consent, officials said Tuesday a judicial source.

An investigation was opened by the Central Office for Repression of violence to persons (OCRVP) to find the residence of two young women who, under the principle of territorial jurisdiction, determines which prosecutors opened a preliminary investigation possible.

Cassandra Bouvier lived in Paris and Houria Moumni in Pantin (Seine-Saint-Denis), it was a judicial source said. If a preliminary investigation is opened, it will be in the capital. "The purpose of such an inquiry would be primarily to make the connection with the investigation conducted in Argentina," they added. French courts can investigate when its citizens are victims of crime abroad.

On Tuesday, the French foreign ministry said the foreign minister of Argentina, Hector Timerman, expressed in a letter to his French counterpart, Alain Juppe, the determination of his country to solve these murders.

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Abdel Fattah Hussein is based in Cairo, Kairo, Egypt, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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