Colombian is accused in the US of participating in the assassination of the president of Haiti
The US courts on Tuesday filed charges against a Colombian citizen for his alleged participation in the plan to assassinate the president of Haiti, Jovenel Moïse.
Mario Antonio Palacios placeholder image was deported from Jamaica andDuring a stopover in Panama, he was arrested and extradited to the United States, where he appeared for an initial hearing in the federal court of the Southern District of Florida. Judge Alicia Otazo-Reyes ordered her arrest due to risk of flight and because she does not have immigration status in the United States. Her next hearing was set for January 31, according to the agency. Associated Press.
Palacios faces two charges, one for conspiracy to commit murder or kidnapping outside the United States and another for providing material support for a murder. If convicted, the Colombian would face a maximum sentence of life in prison.
The man, 43 years old, together with a group of 20 Colombian citizens, is accused of participating in the murder of Moïse in July of last year.
According to the criminal complaint, Palacios spoke “voluntarily” with the US police last October, assuring that he was initially hired to travel to Haiti to provide security and participate in the execution of an arrest warrant. The initial plan was to “capture” President Moïse at the airport, wearing black sweatshirts and put him on a plane, the Colombian told US authorities.
However, that plan was not carried out and days before the assassination of the president, Palacios had already been informed that the president’s life was going to end, court documents say.
Former Haitian Prime Minister Claude Joseph wrote on his Twitter account that Palacios’ arrest was a “step in the right direction” and asked the Haitian authorities to collaborate with the US authorities so that Palacios “is extradited to Haiti to respond before justice ”.
Under US law, a person who, within US jurisdiction, conspired to commit murder or kidnapping outside the US faces federal criminal charges. According to court documents, one of Palacios’ alleged co-conspirators traveled to the US to ask other individuals for help in the plan to “arrest” Moïse.
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