Suspected mastermind behind presidential assassination arrested | free press


A US-based Haitian doctor is responsible for the murder of Jovenel Moïse. Haiti’s national police announced that he had hired a Venezuelan security company for this purpose.

Port-au-Prince (AP) – Haiti’s national police have announced the arrest of an alleged mastermind behind the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse. It involved a Haitian doctor who lives in the US state of Florida, police chief Léon Charles said in a news conference on Sunday.

The suspected mercenaries called him after the attack. The man reportedly hired a private Venezuelan security company in Florida – initially to protect him. He had political intentions.

The doctor is reportedly the third US resident of Haitian descent and the 21st man in all to be arrested as a suspect. The other two also reportedly lived in Florida, just 1,000 kilometers from Haiti. The remaining 18 were Colombians. According to police, a total of 26 Colombian mercenaries posing as agents of the US anti-drug agency DEA were involved in the murder. Three of them were killed and the other five are still being sought.

Moïse, 53, was attacked and shot dead in his home. His wife Martine was seriously injured and was taken to Florida for treatment. The background of the act has so far remained unclear. A power struggle erupted in the poor Caribbean country. Two men each declared themselves interim prime minister. The Senate elected its president as interim head of state. However, since the beginning of last year, Parliament no longer has a quorum. The president of the Supreme Court passed away a few weeks ago from the consequences of Covid-19.

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