Colombians and US-Haitians are the assassins of Jovenel Moise

PORT-AU-PRINCE, BM, ($1=94.72 Haitian Gourdes) – The group of heavily armed mercenaries involved in the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise consisted of 26 Colombians and two Americans of Haitian descent, Haitian law enforcement officials said.

Haitian security forces were able to establish that the mercenaries were hiding in a house in the suburbs of the capital Port-au-Prince, the shooting during their neutralization lasted until late at night, on Thursday the authorities detained several suspects.

“Foreigners came to our country to assassinate the president. There were … 26 Colombians identified with their passports … as well as two Americans from Haiti,” the country’s national police chief, Leon Charles, told a news conference. He showed several Colombian passports, as well as assault rifles, machetes, walkie-talkies, and other devices. According to him, 15 Colombians and two Americans were captured, three mercenaries were killed, eight are on the run.

Colombian Defense Minister Diego Molano said that according to preliminary information, the Colombians who took part in the assassination of the Haitian leader are retired military personnel of the country. He assured that Colombia would participate in the investigation.

Haiti’s Minister for Voting and Inter-Party Relations, Matthias Pierre, named those involved in the killing of Haitian Americans, James Solidge, 35, and Joseph Vincent, 55. US State Department spokesman Ned Price said at a briefing that he had seen media reports on the subject, but so far could neither confirm nor deny the data provided.

Haitian President Jovenel Moise was killed Wednesday night at his residence and his wife was injured, the Haitian government said on Wednesday. “At around 1 is on July 7, a group of unknown individuals, some of whom spoke Spanish, attacked the private residence of the president of the republic and fatally wounded him,” the government said in a statement.

The document notes: “Condemning this heinous, inhuman and barbaric act, the country’s government calls on the population to calm down and assure that the security situation is under the control of the army and police.”

Jovenel Moise was elected President of Haiti in November 2016 and took office in February 2017.


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