Foreign attackers killed Haiti’s president, police said


A group of 28 foreign mercenaries, including retired Colombian soldiers, assassinated Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise earlier this week, police said.

After a gun battle in the capital, Port-au-Prince, 17 people were detained, some in their homes and others after entering Taiwan’s diplomatic facilities.

Three suspects have been killed by police and eight are still being searched.

The bloody and injured arrested suspect was shown to the media on Thursday, along with a number of confiscated weapons.

It is still unknown who launched the attack with what motive.

The attack took place early Wednesday, when shooters broke into the house of the President of Port-au-Prince, shot him dead and injured his wife. According to officials, 53-year-old Moïse was found lying on his back with 12 bullet wounds and gouged eyes.

Martine Moses, 47, has been seriously injured and is in stable condition after being sent to Florida for treatment.

Seized weapons and passports

According to police, the hit team mainly included Colombians and two Haitian Americans.

According to the Le Nouvelliste newspaper, the suspect had a firearm, a set of US dollar bills, a president’s personal checkbook, and a server that kept surveillance camera footage from home.

Taiwan confirmed that 11 of the suspects were arrested after breaking into the courtyard on the premises.

An angry civilian joined the search for the shooter and helped police track down some of them hiding in the bushes. The crowd fired at three suspects’ cars and destroyed the evidence.

“We Haitians are stunned, we don’t accept it,” a man told AFP. “We need to know the people behind this, their names, and their background so that justice can do the job, so we are ready to help.”

An ax, wire cutter, a set of US dollar bills, and a Colombian passport were confiscated

An ax, wire cutter, a set of US dollar bills, and a Colombian passport were confiscated

Police chief Leon Charles called for calm, saying that the public should not put the law in their hands.

At a press conference on Thursday, police showed reporters a Colombian passport.

“Foreigners have come to our country to kill the president,” Charles said, when the suspect was handcuffed and sitting on the floor behind him.

The Colombian government has confirmed that at least six of the suspects appear to be retired members of the military. We promised to support Haiti’s research activities.

Meanwhile, the US State Department said it could not confirm whether any of the citizens were detained.

However, US and Canadian media reports that one of the arrested dual citizens, James Solage, 35, was from Florida and was a former bodyguard at the Canadian Embassy in Haiti.

The investigating judge told local media that Mr. Solage and another US citizen named Joseph Vincent were there as mercenary translators after finding a job on the Internet.

“The mission was to arrest President Jovenel Moise, not to kill him,” Judge Clement Noel told Le Nouvelliste.

The crowd reacts near the police station where the armed men are detained

A large crowd surrounding the Petion-Ville police station in Port-au-Prince, where men are detained

Colombian daily El Tiempo said he saw a confidential document nominating a Colombian suspect. According to a survey in this paper, four people flew from Colombia to the Dominican Republic on June 4.

They crossed overland from there two days later to Haiti. Both countries share the island of Hispaniola.

According to El Tiempo, Colombian intelligence has seen photos posted on social media by members of the group, showing that they are posing at a popular tourist attraction in the Dominican Republic.

The killings have caused some civil unrest in Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas. The state of emergency remains valid throughout the country while the Dominican Republic closes its borders.

Who is responsible for the country?

The assassination caused confusion as to who should lead Haiti, at least until the elections took place.

Constitutional rules are confused by the fact that there is currently no parliament-the dispute means that the October 2019 elections were not held-so you cannot choose another president.

A map showing where the attack took place

A map showing where the attack took place

The constitutional amendment suggests that the prime minister should take the lead, but Joseph’s legitimacy has been challenged.

Another politician, Ariel Henry, had been appointed as the new prime minister shortly before the assassination, but had not yet been sworn in.

The United Nations says Joseph should continue to take responsibility until the elections take place later this year.

He said he would not support the president. “I’m not here to stay too long. I need to hold elections. I don’t have a personal agenda,” he told the BBC.

Haiti has long been plagued by political and economic instability, but more recently has been plagued by an increase in gang wars.

Since the election was postponed, protests have spread calling for the resignation of Mr. Moise, who had been ruled by a cabinet order.

Haiti: An important fact.  [ 11 million inhabitants ],[ 59% percentage who live below the poverty line ] [ 2004-2017 years in which a UN peacekeeping force was present ],[ 200,000 number of people killed in the 2010 earthquake ], Source: Source: BBC Monitoring, Image: People walk the market on May 24, 2021 while living in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Haiti: An important fact. [ 11 million inhabitants ],[ 59% percentage who live below the poverty line ] [ 2004-2017 years in which a UN peacekeeping force was present ],[ 200,000 number of people killed in the 2010 earthquake ], Source: Source: BBC Monitoring, Image: People walk the market on May 24, 2021 while living in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

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