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How Was the Operation to Assassinate Haiti’s Jovenel Moïse Planned and Executed?

Asesinar a Jovenel Moise

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Colombian and Haitian authorities presented a hypothesis on how the assassination of Jovenel Moïse, the president of Haiti, was plotted. A former Haitian government official is said to be behind the assassination.

“The initial meetings were held in Miami between people who worked for the company CTU Security Service with James Solages, Arcangel Petrel, Tony Intriago and Emanuel Sanon; Duberney Capador also participated in part of these meetings, and was informed of the progress of this meeting for the initial contracting of security services with Germán Rivera”, explained the commander of the Colombian Police, General Jorge Luis Vargas.

James Solages is one of the American-Haitian citizens captured in the operation, Antonio (Tony) Intriago and Arcangel Petrel are partners in the company CTU Security. Cristian Emanuel Sanon is the doctor accused of being the Colombians’ connection in Haiti, in whose house caps with the logo of the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and several magazines with ammunition were found.

Haitian authorities have kept the Colombians accused of murdering Jovenel Moise in extreme isolation. (Image: EFE)

Duberney Capador and Germán Rivera were the Colombian mercenaries in charge of recruiting the other ex-military personnel captured in Haiti, the latter two allegedly working under the orders of Colonel Carlos Giovanny Torres.

Through the company Worldwide Capital, owned by Ecuadorian citizen Walter Veintemilla, the tickets were bought for the ex-military to go to the Dominican Republic and meet with their colleagues, who had already been in Haiti since May.

The company also made several money orders to Germán Rivera through Western Union to coordinate food and logistical expenses for the ex-military team while they were already in Haiti. Rivera received up to more than $50,000.

“In a meeting with Joseph Felix Badio – and a person named Azcar – Germán Rivera and Duberney Capador were informed that the president of Haiti was going to be arrested; they began to plan the criminal operation, the company CTU Security Service and several other people – who have already been captured – were aware of it,” confirmed General Vargas.

Joseph Felix Badio is a former official of the Haitian Ministry of Justice and who would have been one of the intellectual authors of the assassination.

The operation to assassinate Jovenel Moïse

According to the Colombian police, the team of mercenaries moved to a house close to that of the Haitian president, vehicles were obtained and some people were designated to occupy different positions at the entrance of Moïse’s residence to carry out the operation.

After planning, the operation was executed on July 7 at 1:00 A.M., where at least 7 mercenaries entered Jovenel Moïse’s mansion shouting in perfect English that a DEA operation was being executed.

After entering Moïse’s residence, the Colombians killed the Haitian president, but not before torturing him; the first lady, Martine Moïse, who is now back in Haiti and has identified the attackers, was also seriously wounded in the operation.

First Lady Martine Moise, arrived back in Haiti after being wounded during the assassination (Image: EFE)

What followed was a shootout between the Colombians and the Haitian Police; the mercenaries reportedly took refuge in a house -a few blocks away from Moïse’s house- and as the fire from the Haitian authorities intensified, the Colombians decided to escape and take refuge in the Taiwanese embassy; at some point during the exchange of fire Sergeant Duberney Capador was killed.

Eventually the Colombians surrendered to the Haitian authorities, and many others were captured by the population of Port-au-Prince itself during the course of the day. According to opposition senator Steven Benoit, many of them were seen walking down the streets of Port-au-Prince, suggesting that they had nothing to fear and had nothing to do with what had happened hours before.

Captured Colombians could be under pressure from the Haitian authorities

According to journalist Salud Hernandez, the Colombians have been kept in virtual isolation, denied their basic rights as suspects and have no assistance from lawyers.

Some members of the team of advisors sent by the United States believe that the Colombians have confessed under torture, and that the Haitian authorities have not handled the chain of custody of the evidence correctly, nor was there an adequate removal of the bodies.

Although there have been photos of meetings, there has been no evidence of any recording or conversation to prove the conspiracy of which 16 Colombians in Haiti are accused today.

Economist, writer and liberal. With a focus on finance, the war on drugs, history, and geopolitics // Economista, escritor y liberal. Con enfoque en finanzas, guerra contra las drogas, historia y geopolítica

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