Haitian police detained 11 suspects in the assassination of President Jovenel Moise at the Taiwan Mission in Port-au-Prince. It is reported by TASS with reference to the press service of the representative office.
On the morning of Thursday, July 8, the staff of the mission received information that the Haitian police must enter the territory of the diplomatic mission to pursue the suspects in the assassination of the president. Representatives of the mission agreed, and the Haitian police took the suspects.
Most of the members of the group that killed the president turned out to be retired Colombian soldiers. According to Colombian Defense Minister Diego Molano Aponte, Interpol has officially requested information from the Colombian government and the National Police on the alleged perpetrators of this crime. The minister ordered the Colombian police and army to provide immediate assistance to the Haitian government in the investigation.
The chief of the national police Leon Charles also claims that the group consisted of 28 people, 26 of them are citizens of Colombia, two more members of the group turned out to be natives of Haiti. He also stated that the number of mercenaries killed had increased to seven. Also among the eliminated criminals were three foreigners.
One of the detainees was James Solage, an American of Haitian origin. He said that he works as a security guard at the Canadian Embassy in the country. On the website of a charity he founded in 2019 in southern Florida, he described himself as a “certified diplomatic representative,” a child advocate and up-and-coming politician.
The heads of Moiza’s security service were summoned to court on suspicion of inaction, the republic’s prosecutor’s office noted. The same version was put forward by the Dominican newspaper Diario Libre. According to the newspaper, the killers may be associated with one of the presidential security officers. It is assumed that one of the guards could have taken part in the conspiracy and “weakened the security measures at the residence.”
A group of unknown persons attacked the residence of the head of state on the night of July 7. The criminals fatally wounded the president from firearms, he received 12 wounds. The first lady of Haiti, Martin Moise, was also injured, in critical condition she was taken to a hospital in the US state of Florida. Now the state of the president’s widow is assessed as stable.
Attempts on the life of the president have already taken place in the republic. So, on February 7, it was reported that a coup d’etat had been prevented in the country. According to Moiz himself, the conspirators intended to eliminate the leader of the state. The police detained 20 people and seized their firearms. The day before, clashes broke out in Haiti between law enforcement and members of the Phantom 509 group. This extremist organization is made up of former police and military personnel. Militants rode motorcycles to the capital, Port-au-Prince, and opened fire in the crowd, causing panic.