Washington sends FBI and Department of National Security (Dhs) agents to Haiti to help investigate the assassination of President Jovenel Moise. To make it known, after the announcement of the involvement of two American citizens accused of having been part of the killer commando, was the White House. No details were given on the number of officers involved in the mission, organized at the request of the Haitian National Police, which leads the investigation.
“In response to the Haitian government’s request for security assistance and investigations, we will send senior FBI and DHS officials to Port-au-Prince as soon as possible to assess the situation and determine how we can provide help,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki explained. “By making sure we provide resources, human but also financial, which is within our goal,” he added. This mission, the spokesperson said, will not interfere with the assistance that Washington assures the people of Haiti: “This is the response to a specific request.”
The two Americans involved in the ambush against President Moise are James Solages, 35, and Joseph Vincent, 55, both of Haitian descent. The two claimed during the interrogation of the magistrate that they had carried out work as interpreters within the commandos and that the mission was to arrest the president as part of a judicial warrant, not to kill him.
Meanwhile, the authorities of Port-au-Prince have asked American President Joe Biden to send troops to the country to help stabilize it and to ensure control over state infrastructure, from ports to airports, after the assassination of the president. The Haitian minister Mathias Pierre reported it to AbcNews. The request was made during an interview between interim prime minister Claude Joseph and US secretary of state Antony Blinken on Wednesday. Biden, however, would not support such a hypothesis. Port-au-Prince has also called for forces to be sent to the United Nations Security Council.
Cousin presidential adviser for national security in Bogota arrested
Manuel Alberto Grosso Guarín, one of the former Colombian soldiers arrested for the assassination of the president of Haiti, is a cousin of the Presidential National Security Advisor of Bogota, Rafael Guarín. Guarin himself announced it, underlining that he did not know Grosso Guarín and that he had never had contact “even at a family level” with him, reports the Colombian broadcaster W Radio.
Guarín claimed that upon learning that the man shared his surname and that he was born in his father’s region of origin, he asked his family if there was any degree of kinship, knowing that he had a cousin who had been a soldier. professional. “My father informed me that the man is the son of one of his ten brothers,” he indicated, stressing that justice must now investigate and determine the responsibilities of the participants in the ambush.
“The perpetrators of the abominable murder of President Jovenel Moise must be brought to justice and receive the toughest possible sanctions,” he said.
Lambert interim president
Joseph Lambert, leader of the Senate of Haiti, has meanwhile been chosen as interim president of the country by his colleagues in the upper house of the parliament of Port-au-Prince. Lambert himself announced it to the Miami Herald, explaining that of the ten senators who still sit in the House of thirty seats, 8 voted for him, two abstained “only because they are not in the country”.
The mandates of most Haitian lawmakers expired in January 2020 and their seats remained vacant due to the cancellation of the October 2019 general election. No deputy still in office sits in the lower house of parliament. On social networks Lambert expressed his “humble gratitude” to the political institutions that expressed their support for him, and expressed his intention to favor a democratic transition of power in the country.
The situation of the interim prime minister also remains confused: the neurosurgeon Ariel Henry, appointed to the post by Moise, was supposed to take the oath on Wednesday but did not do so due to the ambush aimed at the president. Meanwhile, Claude Joseph, foreign minister and former interim premier who was to succeed Henry, has in fact been assigned the position of acting interim head of government and in recent days has made interventions, kept contacts with other countries, and signed decrees.