Six charged in murder of French tourists in Argentina

17th October 2011, Comments 0 comments

Three men were charged Monday with murder and aggravated sexual abuse in the case of two French tourists who were found shot to death in a nature preserve nearly three months ago.

Three other people were charged with covering up the double murder, which shocked France and residents of the Argentine city of Salta, where the crimes occurred.

Judge Martin Perez handed down the murder and sexual abuse charges against Gustavo Lasi, Daniel Vilte and Santos Vera as "co-authors" of the crime, an official statement said.

The bodies of vacationing students Cassandre Bouvier, 29, and Houria Moumni, 24, were found in late July at the Quebrada de San Lorenzo nature preserve overlooking Salta.

Investigators said there was evidence the women had been beaten and sexually assaulted before they were shot to death.

© 2011 AFP

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