Former Colombian soldier convicted of murder of Jovenel Moïse | News
The US justice system sentenced Germán Alejandro Rivera to life imprisonment on Friday, a former Colombian military officer who led the command of 20 mercenaries who broke into and murdered the president of Haiti, Jovenel Moïse, in his private residence in Port-au-Prince, on July 7, 2021.
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Dressed in the well-known prison uniform, the retired captain refused the right to say a few words after hearing the court's decision, before which he acknowledged having provided support for the criminal plot and conspiring to kill or kidnap a person outside the United States. .
Rivera is the second person to be tried in the United States, after the conviction of Haitian-Chilean businessman Rodolphe Jaar.
As the plan to assassinate the Caribbean president was conceived in Florida, the US courts have jurisdiction to prosecute those accused.
The former military man confessed to having met with other conspirators and being part of the armed convoy that executed Moïse. According to the northern Prosecutor's Office, two businessmen from a Miami security company designed a plan to kidnap Moïse and replace him with Christian Sanon, a Haitian-American citizen who wanted to govern Haiti.
The objective of the managers, the Venezuelan Antonio Intriago and the Colombian Arcángel Pretel Ortiz, was to sign lucrative contracts to build infrastructure and provide security forces to a future government led by Sanon, also prosecuted in the United States.
As revealed by Rivera's confessions, the initial idea was only to kidnap the Caribbean president, but when this was not achieved, the conspirators decided to assassinate him, at 53 years of age.
With the death of Moïse, a chapter of violence and death opened in Haiti, an impoverished nation that is going through a complex internal situation, in which armed gangs have spread terror and insecurity, controlling almost 80 percent of the capital, Port-au-Prince, through kidnapping and extortion.
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