Haitian Americans are suspected behind assassination of President Jovenel

The police authorities have stated that the people who an assassinated Haitian President Jovenel Moise this week comprised of heavily armed commando units included 26 Colombians and two Haitian Americans.

Haiti: The police authorities have stated that the people who an assassinated Haitian President Jovenel Moise this week comprised of heavily armed commando units included 26 Colombians and two Haitian Americans.

The President was brutally shot around 1 am on Wednesday at his home. The Caribbean island is already facing turmoil amid political divisions, hunger and widespread gang violence, including the COVID-19 pandemic.

Colombian Defense Minister – Diego Molano stated, “Initial findings indicated that Colombians suspected of taking part in the assassination were retired members of his nation’s armed forces.”

The Defense Minister has also promised to support the investigations in Haiti. The police officials traced the suspected assassins on Wednesday to a home near the crime scene in Petionville. The authorities detained several suspects on Thursday.

Police Chief – Leon Charles, on late Thursday, showed a number of Colombian passports, plus assault rifles, machetes, walkie-talkies and materials including – bolt cutters and hammers. He added, “Foreigners came to our country to kill the President. There were 26 Colombians and two Haitian Americans.”

The Police Chief also disclosed that 15 of the Colombians were captured in total, three of the assailants were killed, and 8 are still fleed.

The Director of Colombia’s national police – Jorge Luis Vargas, informed that they received information requests from Haiti on six suspects, 2 of whom had been killed in an interchange with Haitian police. The other four are under arrest and in the custody of the police.

The Minister of elections and interparty relations of Haiti – Mathias Pierre, recognised the Haitian-American suspects as – James Solages, 35, and Joseph Vincent, 55.

The officials have not yet cleared the motive behind the assassination of the President. Currently, the Caribbean region is under 15 days of State of Emergency.

On Thursday, the interim Prime Minister of Haiti – Claude Joseph, asserted, “It was time for the Haiti economy to reopen and that he had given instructions for the airport to restart operations.

Earlier this week, the late President appointed a new prime minister of Haiti – Ariel Henry, to take over from Joseph, although he had yet to be sworn in when the President was killed.