The Colombian police have named a former official of the Haiti Ministry of Justice who said he may have been involved in the assassination of the President of the Caribbean island last week.
Colombian police chief Jorge Vargas said that just a few days before Jovenel Moïse was assassinated, the officer Joseph Félix Badio ) Talk to two former Colombian soldiers accused of murder and tell them: All they need to do is to assassinate the President of Haiti. “
Vargas said that the information came out when interrogating Colombians who were arrested in Haiti. Badio’s whereabouts are unknown and he could not be reached for comment.
The news came a few hours after Haitian police stated that they had arrested five senior military officers from their forces as part of their investigation into the murder.
The head of the national police force, Leon Charles, said one of the detainees was Dimitri Herard, the head of the Moise Security Service. He said that currently about 20 detail members have been detained and are being questioned.
Moïse was murdered on July 7 when an assault team stormed into his private residence on the outskirts of the capital Port-au-Prince and fired 12 rounds at him. His wife Martin was seriously injured in the attack and flew to Florida for treatment.
The majority of those arrested in connection with the killing were Colombian, Some of them are former members of the armed forces. Vargas said that 18 Colombians were detained by police in Haiti, three were killed while trying to escape, and three others were at large.
Two Haitian Americans were also detained immediately after the killing and last Sunday Police arrest The 63-year-old Haitian immigrant Christian Emmanuel Sanon accused him of “cooperating with a private investigative company to recruit Colombian mercenaries for this task.”
Shannon appeared in a little-known 2011 YouTube video Known as “Dr. Christian Sanon-the leader of Haiti”, he criticized the corruption of the Haitian leader and claimed that he would bring hope to the country.
The Haitian police have named the security company that employs Colombians as CTU Security, a Miami-based company run by Venezuelan immigrant Antonio Intriago.
The murder has plunged Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas, into deeper chaos, as politicians, business leaders, and powerful gang leaders are fighting for power amid escalating violence and terrible food and fuel shortages. Moise’s widow accused her late husband’s domestic opponents of organizing the killing for political and commercial reasons.
Moses Before his death, he claimed that he was fighting against political opponents and local business tycoons because he was trying to clean up government contracts. However, the late President himself was accused of corruption and had close ties to the country’s powerful criminal gangs. He denied these allegations.
After the assassination, Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph tried to maintain control. So far, he has been calling on the United Nations and the US military to help guard critical facilities, but without success.
In Washington, President Joe Biden stated that he has ordered the Marine Corps to go to Haiti to defend the US Embassy, but the current idea of sending more soldiers is “not on the agenda.”
International powers are cautious about getting involved in Haiti. After decades of political turmoil and multiple natural disasters, Haiti has been striving to find stability. This Caribbean island with a population of 11 million relies heavily on remittances and international aid from Haitian diasporas.