Joseph Felix Badio, a former official of the Haitian Ministry of Justice, was the one who gave the order to the former Colombian military to assassinate President Jovenel Moïse, the director of the Colombian police, Jorge Luis Vargas, assured this Friday morning. “In a meeting with Badio and another person called Askard,” the former Colombian soldiers Duberney Capador and Germán Rivera were informed that they were supposedly going to arrest the president, he said. The group of hit men settled in a house near the president’s residence and obtained vehicles that they placed in strategic positions to carry out the plan, according to their investigations. “The company CTU Security, as well as the doctor Emmanuel Sanon and other people who have already been captured, were aware of this,” he added. However, three days before the assassination, which occurred on July 7, the order changed. “Badio, who was an official of the Ministry of Justice and worked in the anti-corruption unit with the general intelligence service, tells Capador and Rivera that what they have to do is assassinate the president,” Vargas said in a round. of press in Bogotá.
Since the involvement of 24 Colombian ex-military personnel (18 captured, three dead and the rest, fugitives) became known, both they and their families have assured that they did not know that the objective was assassination, but that they would provide security to senior Haitian leaders. However, the words of the director of the Colombian police establish that at least Capador (one of the dead) and Rivera (captured) knew that they were going to kill Moïse.
It remains to be established how many more knew about the plan, but according to President Iván Duque there is no doubt that they were linked. “It seems that within the group there were people who had received different instructions. But let’s be absolutely frank, regardless of the level of knowledge that one had, what remains in evidence is that there is a participation of that entire group in that assassination, “said the Colombian president from Medellín the day before.
The Colombian Police, which accompanies the interviews of the captured ex-military, also “confirmed” that the planning took place in “meetings in Miami” between employees of the CTU Security company, the Haitian-American James Solages (captured), Arkangel Pretelt, the Venezuelan Tony Intriago and Emmanuel Sanon. “Duberney Capador would also participate and Germán Rivera was informed of the progress of this meeting for the hiring, initially of security services,” explained Vargas.
The former Colombian military officers were allegedly in charge of recruiting the group, whose characteristics were their knowledge in special operations, ages between 40 and 45, and having recently retired from Army service. El Pentagono confirmed that some of the detained hitmen received military training from the United States in its traditional training programs for Colombian Army troops.
The investigation has followed the money with which the air tickets were purchased and found that they were paid from Miami through the company Worldwide Capital, owned by the Ecuadorian Walter Veintemilla. In addition, the police indicated, money transfers of $ 50,000 were found to former captain Germán Rivera, to coordinate food and expenses when the group of mercenaries was already in Port-au-Prince.
It has also been known that they traveled in various groups. The first four did so from the end of April to the beginning of May and stayed in a hotel. Later, General Vargas assures us, the other 20 ex-military personnel who arrived in June were contacted. They also reportedly stayed in a hotel and provided “security services in groups of seven for three weeks.” But then they moved to a house in the Petion Ville neighborhood, where the presidential residence is located, and got the vehicles used during the assassination.
“We know who were the people who entered the first vehicle, how they did it and that information is being shared for clarification within the judicial autonomy that the authorities have” of the Caribbean country, concluded the director of the Colombian police.
The vice president and chancellor, Marta Lucía Ramirez, also echoed Duque’s statements. “Apparently there were some of the Colombians who went to Haiti and knew what it was about, few, unfortunately. Most went on another mission, supposedly to support the Haitian security forces. They were deceived, ”said the head of Colombian diplomacy when defending the training of the military, which has been called into question by the assassination.
“All the work of the Colombian Government and the State is aimed at giving support to the Haitian authorities, so that this crime is clarified, to identify all the material and intellectual participants who are in Haiti or who are abroad, and that they people respond to Haitian justice and to international justice, ”Ramírez reiterated when requesting accompaniment from the Organization of American States (OAS) to the Haitian authorities.
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