Correspondent in Mexico City
The office of the interim prime minister of Haiti confirmed this Friday the death of seven attackers involved in the murder of Jovenel Moïse in the early hours of last Wednesday, while at least 15 Colombians and two Americans of Haitian origin are detained, without the mastermind of the assassination being known for now.
At around 1 a.m. that day, an armed group broke into the presidential residence, assassinated 12 shots the Haitian president and shot another three 9mm at the first lady, who is out of danger admitted to Baptist Hospital in Miami. Those in charge of Jovenel’s security system, Dimitri Hérard, head of the General Security Unit, and Jean Laguel Civil, the president’s security coordinator, are under suspicion and involved in an arduous investigation. The necropsy indicates that Moïse was brutally tortured, since his left eye had been removed and he had bullet holes in his forehead, bust, three in the hip and in the abdomen.
The command of 28 alleged hitmen, made up of 26 Colombians and the two Haitian-Americans, were well trained. The intervention of the Haitian National Police, together with the selfless help of the people of Port-au-Prince, have made the arrests possible. “We have arrested most of the attackers. I am delighted with the support of the population. I also want to praise the work of the Police and the CSPN (Higher Council of the Haitian National Police). The best way to honor the memory of President Jovenel Moïse is to do him justice, ”said Claude Joseph, Acting Prime Minister.
The Government asks citizens not to take justice into their own hands and urged the General Inspection to interrogate the police device in charge of the president’s security at the time of his assassination.
On the other hand, in the face of pressure in the street, a group of up to 11 armed men broke into the Taiwan embassy in Port au Prince. Finally the security forces of the Caribbean country captured them on diplomatic soil. Taiwan was quick to condemn the violence in the country and the death of the Caribbean president.
Meanwhile, the president of Colombia, Ivan Duque, has ordered the National Intelligence Directorate to travel to the Caribbean country to try to clarify the facts. In the absence of a body to be identified, Mauricio Javier Romeo Medina and Duberney Capador Giraldo are the Colombians who were killed in the police operation as a response to the intervention of the Haitian police.
The Colombian authorities, for their part, are investigating four companies that apparently recruited the alleged mercenaries. The Director of Police, General Jorge Luis Vargas placeholder image, assured yesterday at a press conference that they are investigating four companies, “if they exist”, because they would have done “the recruitment, the grouping of these people” and organized trips to the Dominican Republic, from where they arrived in Port-au-Prince, according to collects Ep.
But local politicians and an informant with whom
contacted the Colombian newspaper ‘El Tiempo’ They point to an alternative version, according to which the members of the Colombian gang arrived at the presidential residence an hour after the assault. According to these sources, the Colombians would have been the ones who transferred the first lady to a hospital and facilitated the escape of the present daughter. This group of the Colombian group, according to this version, would not have gagged their son and the girl on duty, nor would they have been involved in the torture and murder of Moïse. The group of Colombians, made up of ex-military personnel, maintains that they were rather in charge of providing security to the area and that they came to safeguard the life of the Haitian leader in the face of the previous shooting, the Colombian media points out.
The opposition senator Steven Beinot tunes in with the version provided by the group of Colombians who had been residing in the Caribbean country for a month: «He was assassinated by his security agents. It was not the Colombians who murdered him. They were contractors of the Haitian State. In addition, the two assailants with US nationality who have been arrested have declared that the mission consisted of arresting the president, but did not include ending his life.
The dispute for power
Meanwhile, the political and economic situation in the country, which was already in chaos before the assassination of Jovenel Moïse, remains surrounded by uncertainty. The tension It is highest due to the number of illegal armed groups constituted in Haiti and at the political level the doubts about what is the Constitution in force adds difficulty to the transition in power.
The 1987 Magna Carta states that the head of the Supreme Court, killed by Covid-19 less than a week ago, is the one who must assume power if the president is absent. But a 2012 reform foresees that the prime minister is the one who assumes power. This reform was rejected by certain political sectors, because they considered that former president Michel Martelly was not entitled to undertake it and, furthermore, it is not in French and Creole, the two official languages of the country.