Haiti has intensified the police operation to capture the perpetrators of the assassination of President Jovenel Moise and announced this Thursday the arrest of 17 of those allegedly involved in the assassination, which numbered 28, mostly 26 of them, Colombian citizens.
15 people of Colombian origin and two Americans of Haitian origin are in the custody of the Police, while three other Colombian citizens were killed in shootings with the security forces, according to the first official balance in which the nationality of the alleged suspects is revealed. “mercenaries”.RELATED
The other eight members of the command who participated in the assault on Moise’s residence in the early hours of Wednesday, also Colombians, are on the run and are “actively” wanted, according to the general director of the Police, Léon Charles.
Police Chief Charles León paraded 17 men before journalists at a press conference late Thursday, showing several Colombian passports, as well as assault rifles, machetes, walkie-talkies and materials such as shears and hammers. . “Foreigners came to our country to kill the president,” he said, as reported The Guardian.
The two Americans arrested told the judge that they were hired as interpreters, said they had found the job online and assured that the mission consisted of “arresting President Jovenel Moise, within the framework of the execution of a judicial order of investigation” and “not kill him, “collects EFE. One of them is a Florida businessman and former security guard, as reported by the British media.
11 of the suspects were detained at the Taiwanese embassy in the Haitian capital – which is located near the residence where Moise was assassinated – as confirmed by the diplomatic legation itself on Friday.
The Taiwanese diplomatic representation has assured it’s a statement that “this Thursday, July 8, 2021, in the morning, the Haitian police had the intention of entering the Embassy to pursue the suspects” who had entered the legation and subsequently detained.
It was an operation that “was authorized immediately, to demonstrate” Taipei’s commitment to the Haitian people and allow the truth of the incident to be “discovered as soon as possible.”
Haitian police, the statement continues, “began an operation around 4 pm (local time) and successfully arrested 11 suspects.” Subsequently, the security forces proceeded to question the alleged perpetrators of the assassination.
The diplomatic headquarters of Taiwan in the Caribbean country also indicates that “it welcomed the rapid reaction of the Haitian authorities and that it continues, as always, working together with the people” of this country. At the same time, he describes the murder of Moise as “cruel and barbarous”, an event that “has completely shocked the whole world.”
This Thursday, the Colombian government said that six of the Colombians detained in Haiti as alleged perpetrators of the murder are retired members of the Colombian Army.
“Today, Interpol has officially requested information from the Colombian Government and our National Police on the alleged perpetrators of this act. Initially, the information indicates that they are Colombian citizens, retired members of the National Army,” the minister said in a statement. Defense, Diego Molano.
According to the head of the Defense portfolio, the Colombian Government instructed the Police and the Army “to immediately collaborate in the development of this investigation so that these facts are clarified.” The Army Commander, General Eduardo Enrique Zapateiro, has specified that “these two former members of the public force are involved, in this case the National Army.”
The director of the Colombian Police, General Luis Vargas, has said that Interpol “requested information on six people, two of whom had died in a procedure of the Haitian National Police as alleged perpetrators of the murder of the President of Haiti.”
Meanwhile, the interim Haitian Prime Minister, Claude Joseph, who is in charge of the country after Moise’s death, once again called on the population to remain calm and avoid acts of vandalism.
On Thursday, Haitians woke up to a country without a head of state, a long-suspended parliament, two rival interim prime ministers – one of whom was due to be sworn in in the next few days – and a constitutional loophole after death. by coronavirus from the head of his supreme court, reports The Guardian.
This has created confusion over who is the legitimate leader of the country of 11 million people: Joseph, who has assumed power for now, or Ariel Henry, who was appointed prime minister by Moise just before his death and was due to be sworn in this time. week.
Despite the tensions and the continuation of the state of siege decreed on Wednesday, the Government took the first steps on Thursday to return to normalcy, with the reopening of the Port-au-Prince international airport and a call for officials to return to their posts. of work.