Last Updated on 23/01/2022
|Fifteen Colombians arrested in connection with the assassination of Haitian President Juvenal Moises (Photo: Reuters)|
Seventeen people have been arrested in connection with the assassination of Haitian President Juvenal Moises, including six former Colombian military officials and 17 people with dual US citizenship.
Haiti’s national police chief, Lone Charles, said 15 people were arrested in Colombia, eight more were wanted by police and three had been killed, according to the Associated Press.
Charles initially said seven people had been killed.
“We will bring them to justice and 17 handcuffed accused were also seated on the floor during the news conference,” the police chief said during the news conference.
The Colombian government, meanwhile, said it had inquired about six detainees in Haiti, two of whom had been killed and determined to be retired from the Colombian army, but did not reveal their identities.
Colombian National Police Chief General George Luis Vargas Valencia said President Avon Doc had ordered the Colombian army and police high command to co-operate in the investigation.
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General George Louis Vargas Valencia said a team of the best investigative officers had been formed, with dates, flight times, and financial information already collected being sent to the Prince of Porsche.
The State Department said in a statement that it was “aware” of reports of Haitian Americans being detained but could not confirm or comment on the allegations.
According to details released by Haitian Election Minister Matthias Perry, the arrested suspects, who have dual Haitian and US citizenship, have been identified as James Solajis and Joseph Vincent, the youngest of the suspects, according to documents. The 35-year-old is the oldest of the suspects. He did not provide further details about the detainees.
Defendant James Sloughs introduced himself as a certified ambassador, children’s lawyer and an emerging politician on a charity’s website, which he visited in 2019 from South Florida to the Haitian coastal town of Jakmil. Started to help.
Slujes revealed in his bio data in the charity patch that he had previously been a bodyguard at the Canadian embassy in Haiti.
The Canadian Foreign Office said in a statement on condition of anonymity that one of the detainees was allegedly involved in the murder of a man who had been working for a short time as an additional guard at the Canadian embassy. He was an employee of the contractor but did not provide further details.
Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry said Haiti police had arrested 11 armed suspects who tried to break into the Taiwanese embassy on Thursday, but did not provide details about their identities or reasons for entering the embassy. Don’t even tell
Joe Oo, a foreign affairs spokesman in Taipei, said that if the suspects were involved in the assassination of the Haitian president, then the Haitian police needed to investigate.
He said police had been alerted to the embassy guard while Taiwanese diplomats were working from their homes and the embassy doors and windows had been smashed, but no further damage was done to the embassy.
Haiti is one of the few countries in the world to have a direct diplomatic relationship with Taiwan instead of the Chinese capital, Beijing.