New arrest in case of French women murdered in Argentina
Argentine police have arrested a new suspect in the murders of two French women in the north of the country. One of the victims is reported to have died an agonising death after being shot trying to flee.
The man, who has not been identified, was arrested late on Monday, police said, and will be questioned by Judge Martin Perez, who is in charge of the investigation.
But 43-year-old Francisco Tejada, who was arrested earlier in the day, was released for “lack of merit” after Perez questioned him. Tejada hires out horses to tourists in the area near the northern city of Salta where the bodies of Houria Moumni, 24, and Cassandre Bouvier, 29, were found.
Both had been shot dead and Bouvier appeared to have been sexually abused.
Moumni was shot while trying to flee but took several hours to die, a judicial source told Clarin newspaper Tuesday.
She appeared to have seen Bouvier raped and killed and then fought off an attack, making a break for freedom, the source said, adding that she must have fallen and been shot in the back by her attacker.
But the shot was not fatal and she was in agony for several hours before dying early the following morning, coroners are reported to have concluded.
Argentine Minister Hector Timerman said his country was "appalled by the terrible crime," in a letter to his French counterpart Alain Juppé, adding that authorities were "working hard on the case."
Moumni and Bouvier were "brilliant students" of Latin American studies at the Sorbonne, the Paris university's president Marie-Christine Lemardeley said.