His brother Duberney Capador is one of at least three people killed during a police operation in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince following the assassination of the country’s president, Jovenel Moise, on July 7.
Haitian police say Capador, a retired sergeant with 20 years of experience in the Colombian army, is suspected of being part of a commando group that organized the high-level killings.
About 20 Colombians have already been arrested in connection with Moise’s death. At least one other Colombian was also killed during a meeting with Haitian security forces.
But Jenny Capador, who was very close to her brother, doesn’t think he could have been involved in the assassination, which plunged Haiti into new uncertainty amid escalating gang violence and violence. acceleration of Covid-19 infections.
Work for “an important man”
The job offer that sparked a chain of events ultimately leading to Capador’s death had looked promising at first. “I knew since April (…) that he had received this job offer and that he was going to travel abroad and work as private security for an important man in Haiti,” Jenny Capodor told CNN.
She said her brother described a “siege” on the day Moses died.
“On the morning of Wednesday July 7, he called me and told me that unfortunately they had arrived there to protect someone important but had arrived late. He told me that they were in a house, under siege and under fire, fighting. But he told me not to worry and not to tell our mother that everything would be fine, ”she said.
One of the last communications she received from her brother was a WhatsApp message saying “Amen” in response to her blessings and questions about her welfare. She received the message on the evening of July 7 at 5:50 p.m., according to a screenshot of the WhatsApp chat seen by CNN.
CNN was unable to verify the claims in Capador’s messages to his sister.
The next day, she said she learned that her brother had been killed in Haiti. And that Haitian officials considered him a suspect in the assassination of their president.
On Friday, Duberney Capador’s identity photo was shown at a press conference by the Colombian national police as one of the suspected killers, according to preliminary investigations by the Colombian and Haitian police.
“He was our hero”
“It was not him: I am 100% sure of the innocence of my brother and his comrades,” Jenny Capador told CNN from Genóva, Colombia, a rural hamlet in the Quindio department, a hilly region. renowned for its quality coffee and beautiful landscapes.
“My brother is an honorable man, he has always been an excellent brother, son and father to his two sons. He served 20 years in the military, since the age of 18. He dreamed of being a warrior, of serving the homeland and helping our country achieve peace, ”she said.
In his youth, Duberney Capador joined the Colombian army’s special forces and fought rebel guerrillas in southern Colombia, his sister told CNN. She claims he was invited to train in the United States, a common practice among elite units in the Colombian military.
When he retired two years ago at the age of 38, Capador began working in private security, according to his sister. Colombian army officers are often sought after by security companies because they are likely to have extensive direct combat experience, thanks to five decades of guerrilla warfare in Colombia.
Capador says she doesn’t know who her brother might have protected, how many people he worked with, or who was apparently besieging them. She showed CNN a photo of her brother wearing a uniform marked “CTU Security” – an American security company – but said she was unaware he had done business in the United States before. CNN was unable to reach CTU Security for comment.
A Colombian police spokesperson told CNN on Saturday that they were working with preliminary evidence shared by Haitian police through Interpol.
The Colombian national intelligence chief visited Port-au-Prince on Saturday to join the investigation with a group of Colombian police officers, although CNN has not yet been able to verify if he has encountered the Colombian suspects being held in Haiti. .
Jenny Capador says her only wish now is to retrieve the body of her brother from Haiti to mourn him as he deserved.
“We’re going to give him a hero’s funeral. He was our hero and the axis of our family… He loved those hills. It should rest here. ”
Etant Dupain in Port-au-Prince contributed to this report.