Haiti arrests suspects in Taiwanese embassy | free press


The Taiwanese bureau approved the action in which 11 people were arrested. Several Colombians and two US citizens are also believed to be involved in the assassination of Haitian President Moïse.

Taipei (AP) – After the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, Haitian police broke into the Taiwanese embassy in Port-au-Prince and arrested 11 suspects there.

This was announced by the Taiwanese embassy. The action went smoothly. Haitian authorities had previously announced the arrest of 15 Colombians and two US citizens.

Without hesitation, the Taiwanese embassy gave the Haitian police the go-ahead for action, the statement said. The suspects have been taken in for questioning by the police. Taiwan is a “long-term friend and credible partner of Haiti”.

Haiti is one of only 15 allies of Taiwan

Unlike most other countries, Haiti has had full official relations with Taiwan for 65 years. The crisis-ravaged Caribbean state is thus one of Taiwan’s 15 diplomatic allies. China sees Taiwan as part of the People’s Republic and is trying to diplomatically isolate the island.

In Haiti, 53-year-old head of state Moïse was shot dead in his home on Wednesday night. His wife Martine was seriously injured and was taken to the American city of Miami for treatment. The newspaper “Le Nouvelliste” reported that Moïse’s body had twelve bullet holes, some of which were large-caliber weapons.

The arrested were shown to the press

The murder was allegedly committed by 26 Colombian mercenaries and two Americans of Haitian descent. Haiti’s national police took 15 arrested Colombians and the two US citizens to the capital, Port-au-Prince, on Thursday evening (local time). Interim police chief Léon Charles announced that eight other Colombians were still at large. Three were killed.

The detainees were seen by the Haitian police in handcuffs on the ground. Some of them were visibly injured. On a table were apparently seized objects: various automatic weapons, machetes, sledgehammers, Colombian passports and mobile phones.

At least two of those arrested appeared to have been captured by angry mob, as seen in videos posted on social media. According to Charles, civilians also set fire to vehicles believed to have been used in the attack.

The background of the attack is still unclear.

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