The assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise by a group of armed mercenaries was planned in the Dominican Republic, according to the Haitian police chief.
A photograph circulating on social media identifies two suspects – both subsequently arrested – meeting with former Haitian opposition senator Joel John Joseph, wanted by police.
According to the director of the Haitian national police, Léon Charles, the photo was taken while the trio were preparing the assassination of Moise in the Dominican Republic, neighboring Haiti.
“They met at a hotel in Santo Domingo,” Charles told reporters. “Around the table are the architects of the plot, a technical recruiting team and a financial group.
The investigation into the death of the Haitian president, killed by a well-armed commando team in his private residence on July 7, remains shrouded in mystery.
“Some of the people in the photo have already been apprehended, such as Dr Christian Enmanuel Sanon and James Solages,” added Charles.
Police accuse Solages – one of two Haitian-Americans implicated in the murder – of coordinating with Venezuelan security firm CTU, whose leader is visible in the photo and which has reportedly traveled to Haiti several times to plan the attack.
Florida-based financial services firm Worldwide Capital Lending Group funded the attack, Charles said, adding that his boss Walter Veintemilla also appears with plotters.
Police say many Colombian commandos who raided Moise’s home in Port-au-Prince arrived in Haiti on June 6, about a month before the attack. Four attackers were already present in the country.
“(The mercenaries) went through the Dominican Republic,” said Charles, whose team tracked down a credit card that was allegedly used to purchase their plane tickets.
Three Colombian mercenaries were killed and 18 arrested by Haitian police.
“They are former members of the Colombian special forces,” said the Haitian police chief. “They are experts, criminals. It was a well-planned attack. “
Four members of the assassinated president’s security services, including the presidential palace security chief, have been placed in solitary confinement by the country’s inspector general as investigations examine internal collusion.
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