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Six months after the assassination of the president of Haiti, Jovenel Moïse, and the arrest of more than 40 people allegedly linked to the event, complaints continue in that country that the judicial investigation to find those responsible for the assassination continues to be blocked.


Former Haitian senator arrested for assassination of Moïse

In messages posted on Twitter, the president's wife, Martine Moïse, said that the investigation is progressing "thanks to the goodwill of the international community."

He stated that “the main suspects (…) have been arrested”, including the mercenaries (mostly Colombian) who murdered Moïse on July 7, 2021.

The widow made efforts "to control all the murderers, especially those who financed this crime."

Last Thursday, the National Network for the Defense of Human Rights (RNDH) denounced the lack of progress in the investigation. The platform assured in a report that “there is no additional investigation. No judicial investigation.”

new arrests

The Jamaican Police reported this Saturday the arrest of a figure considered key in the plot, former Haitian senator Jhon Joel Joseph, in a residence located in the district of Saint Elizabeth (southwest).

It is presumed that the former legislator, a fugitive from Haitian justice, arrived in Jamaica last December. When disseminating the order for his capture, the Haitian police accused him of providing weapons and planning meetings to organize the plot that ended Moïse's life.

Last October, and also in Jamaica, former Colombian soldier Mario Antonio Palacios was captured and recently deported to the United States (USA), where he is accused of conspiring to kill the President of Haiti.

During the interrogations, the rest of the detained mercenaries pointed to Palacios as one of those who knew that the real plan was to assassinate Jovenel Moïse.

In addition, last week Haitian businessman Rodolph Jaar, a convicted drug trafficker and informant for the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), was apprehended in the Dominican Republic.

Speaking to US media, Jaar acknowledged his contribution of some 130,000 dollars to provide weapons and accommodation to more than 20 Colombian mercenaries.

He also alleged that he joined the plot because the conspirators claimed to have the full support of the United States. According to an American media, no active connection of the White House with the crime has been proven.

Other shadows of the investigation

So far, the investigation in Haiti has not investigated the financial connections of at least two local banking institutions, which received large amounts from the US of at least six citizens or residents involved in the assassination.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) at the time raided the house of the US citizen of Ecuadorian origin Walter Veintemilla, but has not provided new details of the investigation into his link to the assassination.

A mortgage and insurance broker, Veintemilla acknowledged that his Global Capital Loan Group participated in the financing of a change of government for Haiti, a negotiation that was established with Christian Emmanuel Sanon, whom the Haitian authorities point to as the mastermind of the murder.

The FBI has also not commented on the legal status of two managers of CTU Security, a company registered in Florida (USA), which according to the Haitian Police hired the mercenaries.

For this reason, he accuses his manager, Antonio Intriago, an immigrant of Venezuelan origin, and his associate, Arcángel Pretelt, a Colombian ex-military man from Cali who lives in Florida, of participating in the crime plot.

According to the RNDH, the investigations to find all those responsible still have to clarify the links between the current Prime Minister Ariel Henry and a former official from the Ministry of Justice, Josep Badio, who is a fugitive and is designated as responsible for coordinating the assassination in real time. .

Telephone records revealed by the previous prosecutor in this case, Bedford Claude, show that Badio spoke before and after the crime on at least 12 occasions with the current president of Haiti (Claude was dismissed after requesting that the Prime Minister explain this relationship to the Court ).

Some sources assure that four months after the assassination, the fugitive visited the official residence of the head of government for two nights, without major obstacles from the security guards.

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