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Killings in Argentina Focus on Political Boss

The bones gave up nothing. Scattered in a wheat field, what remained of Leyla Bshier’s butchered body revealed little about how she died, investigators told local reporters. It was the second corpse that told the tale, according to news reports based on the police investigation. The crumpled body of Patricia Villalba was discovered 20 days later, in a patch of grass 15 feet from where Bshier was found. Marks on her wrists indicated she had been bound, police told reporters, and the methodical series of cuts, bruises and burns running the length of her body indicated she had been tortured. The anger that followed the gruesome deaths of the two strikingly pretty young women 16 months ago has focused attention on one of Argentina’s last provincial political bosses, Carlos Juarez, who along with Antonio Musa Azar, the feared, former provincial intelligence chief, and a coterie of judges, police officers and businessmen have controlled this hardscrabble province like feudal lords for more than half a century, according to activists and political analysts. Full Story

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