Mexican AG: Suspects confess to raping Spanish tourists

Mexico City, Feb 13 (EFE).- Mexico's attorney general said Wednesday that six detainees have "fully confessed" to raping six Spanish women in the Pacific port of Acapulco and that one other suspect is being sought in the case.

In a press conference in the resort city, Jesus Murillo Karam said authorities have "clear evidence of their participation" in the rape of the Spanish tourists on Feb. 4 at their bungalow on the outskirts of Acapulco.

The arrests stemmed from "a very serious investigation" and were the product of a joint strategy involving all three levels of government, the attorney general said.

The suspects are between the ages of 16 and 30 and, according to the Federal Police's inspector general, Vidal Diaz, there is "conclusive" proof of their role in the crime.

In addition to their statements to investigators, "physical and forensic evidence leave no doubt as to their participation," Diaz said.

One suspect was arrested Tuesday afternoon and the other five Wednesday morning in different parts of Acapulco, while authorities have ruled out the possibility that six other people detained over the weekend were involved in the crime.

Angel Aguirre, the governor of the southern state of Guerrero, where Acapulco is located, had pledged that authorities would find the perpetrators and that no scapegoats or innocent people would be locked up as part the investigation.

"We have acted at all times with a great sense of responsibility, but also efficiently and effectively to erase this bitter episode in Acapulco's tourist history," he added.

Gunmen raped the six Spanish tourists in the wee hours of Feb. 4 in Playa Bonfil, located in the eastern section of Acapulco, one of Mexico's most popular tourist destinations.

The victims and several male companions were outside their bungalow when the masked assailants armed with handguns accosted the group.

After gagging the men, the attackers forced the group inside the bungalow and assaulted the six Spanish women, though they spared a Mexican woman who was with them.

The victims' ordeal lasted for about three hours and the assailants took PCs, cell phones, credit cards and other valuables when they left, officials said.