Jovenel Mose: Following the assassination of the president, Haiti has requested international soldiers.
Following the killing of President Jovenel Mose, Haiti has requested foreign soldiers to secure critical infrastructure.
The administration addressed the request to the United States and the United Nations, but the US maintains it has no intentions to provide military aid “at this time.”
The president was assassinated on Wednesday by a group of 28 foreign mercenaries, according to Haitian authorities.
17 of them were apprehended after a gun battle in the capital, Port-au-Prince.
The police reported that some of the group, which included retired Colombian soldiers, were detained at the residence they were staying in, while others were detained after entering Taiwan’s diplomatic enclave.
Police killed three individuals, and eight more are still on the loose.
Although the United States would not send soldiers to Haiti, it announced on Friday that it will send FBI and Department of Homeland Security officials to assist with the inquiry.
Any plan to send international soldiers to Haiti under UN auspices would need to be approved by the UN Security Council.
The assassination has sparked civil upheaval in Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas. A state of emergency has been declared throughout the country, and it is unknown who is in charge of the administration.
Cash and firearms
Arrested suspects were shown to the media on Thursday, bloodied and bruised, along with a bevy of seized firearms.
It is still unknown who orchestrated the attack and for what reason.
The shooting occurred in the early hours of July 7th, when gunmen entered the president’s residence, killing him and injuring his wife. According to officials, Mr. Mose, 53, was discovered laying on his back with 12 bullet wounds and a gouged eye.
Martine Mose, 47, was critically injured and flown to Florida for treatment. She is now in a stable condition.
According to police, the killing squad consisted primarily of Colombians, with two Haitian-Americans thrown in for good measure.
Firearms, US dollar bills, the president’s personal checkbook, and a server containing security camera footage from his home was discovered in the suspects’ possession, according to the publication Le Nouvelliste.
After breaking into a courtyard of Taiwan’s facility, 11 of the suspects were apprehended.
Angry civilians had joined the search for the shooters, and police were able to locate some of them hiding in the bushes. Three of the suspects’ automobiles were set on fire, and evidence was destroyed.
Léon Charles, the police chief, urged the population to remain calm and not take the law into their own hands.
Police displayed Colombian passports to reporters at a press briefing on Thursday.
“Foreigners came to our country to assassinate the president,” Mr. Charles stated, as the suspects sat in shackles on the floor behind him.
The Colombian government has promised to help Haiti with its probe.
Gen Jorge Luis Vargas, Colombia’s police director, said 17 former Colombian troops were suspected of being involved.
Meanwhile, the US State Department said it couldn’t confirm whether any of its people had been detained.
However, according to US and Canadian media, one of the dual citizens arrested, James Solages, 35, is a former bodyguard at the Canadian embassy in Haiti.
According to local media, Mr. Solages and the other US citizen, Joseph Vincent, claimed they were there to act as translators for the mercenaries.
Judge Clément Nol informed Le Nouvelliste that the goal was to arrest President Jovenel Mose, not to assassinate him.
El Tiempo, a Colombian newspaper, reported that it had seen confidential documents naming the Colombian suspects. According to the study in the paper, four of them flew from Colombia to the Dominican Republic on June 4th.
Two days later, they crossed the border into Haiti by land. The island of Hispaniola is shared between the two countries.
Colombian intelligence has seen images posted on social media by members of the group standing at a renowned tourist destination in the Dominican Republic, according to El Tiempo.