Haitian police refused to report that the government was involved in the killing

Port-au-Prince, Haiti (AP) —Thursday, Haiti officials strongly opposed reports that current government officials were involved in the killing of Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise, calling them “lie.”

Haiti’s head of national police, Leon Charles, denied reports from Colombia-based private television station Caracol News, saying that interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph was the mastermind behind the July 7 killing. Insisted.

“Police have warned that all propaganda is causing diversion,” he said, adding that police have no evidence to support those claims.

Haitian officials have otherwise released less information about who was behind the killings, suggesting media reports suggesting that current officials have nervous the government. ..

Charles also said that Dimitri Hérard, responsible for security details at Moïse, was removed from his post and placed in isolated detention after authorities cross-examined him. Police recently announced his detention. Charles said he would meet him three times before the authorities decided on the next step.

Heral has not been officially nominated as a suspect in the investigation, but many Haitians have not injured among those assigned to protect him as an attacker breaks into the president’s house. I’m wondering if I could have killed him.

The day after the press conference broadcast a report that the Colombian television station was based on calls, photos and testimony from people accused of participating in the plot, in addition to information from FBI sources and Haitian authorities. It was held.

“I have made a formal denial of these claims,” ​​Charles called them “lie.”

When the assassination took place, the interim prime minister, Joseph, was about to be replaced. Moise nominated him for the post in April, following the resignation of Joseph Juice, who had held the post for over a year.

Two days before the assassination, Moise announced that he had chosen a new prime minister, neurosurgeon Ariel Henri. However, the new prime minister has not yet taken office as of July 7, and Joseph claims he is in charge of the government, which has been acknowledged by the United States and others.

Charles said police had arrested 23 people for the killings. Among them are 18 former Colombian soldiers, 3 Haitians and 2 Haitian Americans. Police also issued seven arrest warrants, searched 10 buildings, conducted 27 cross-examinations, and quarantined four high-ranking police officers, he said.

He added that the investigation benefited from the FBI and foreign help he did not name.


AP reporter Astrid Suarez in Bogotá, Colombia contributed to this report.

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