Four ex-Colombian military recognized the assassination of the president of Haiti

Four former Colombian military detainees in Haiti confessed their responsibility in the assassination of President Jovenel Moise, in an action carried out on July 7 at his residence in Port-au-Prince in which his wife Martine was also injured. This was reported by the program Noticias Caracol de Colombia, which had access to 15 hours of audio recordings in which four of the 18 implicated tell their version of what happened that day and in the hours after the assassination. The order of a former official of the Haitian Ministry of Justice, according to the detainees, was to end the life of the president at the request of local politicians who wanted to take power. The mercenaries reportedly worked for the Miami-based firm CTU Security (Counter Terrorist Unit Federal Academy).

“Kill everyone”

Those speaking in the audios were identified as retired Army Captain Germán Rivera García, retired Second Lieutenant Jheyner Carmona, former Sergeant Ángel Yarce Sierra and retired soldier Naiser Franco Castañeda. According to the accounts obtained by Noticias Caracol, Joseph Felix Badio, a former official of the Haitian Ministry of Justice, was the one who gave Rivera the order for the operation that led to the murder of Moise.

In one of the recordings Rivera, whom the other ex-military men called “Mike”, affirms: “Badio said that everyone had to be killed. They are all the police, the president’s security, everyone who is inside the house, that they had to be killed”. Initially the plan was to detain Moise, but Badio said that the orders were no longer the same and that his goal was not to leave anyone alive in the presidential residence.

Thus, on July 7 at one o’clock in the morning and accompanied by Badio, the American citizen James Solages and four local policemen who disappeared from the place after the crime was committed, the ex-military left in six cars with the aim of executing Moise. “They stopped and neutralized the police who were there,” said former sergeant Ángel Yarce. Former military man Duberney Capador would supervise the operation inside the house and Rivera would wait at the entrance.

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The information released by Noticias Caracol indicates that Former soldier Víctor Pineda Cardona fired 12 shots at President Moise with an M4 rifle. “They say it was Pineda. They listened to him. He is extremely worried, that boy has no peace”, one hears saying who identifies himself as Franco in another of the audios.

Frustrated escape

The Colombian news outlet indicated that the assault on Moise’s residence lasted around 30 minutes So what After assassinating the Haitian president, the mercenaries looked for money and valuables. Before the operation they had been advised that Moise had between 18 and 45 million dollars at home: in Jovenel and Martine Moise’s room they found two suitcases and three boxes apparently loaded with bills. Part of the loot had to be delivered, presumably, to the firm CTU Security, the one in charge of recruiting them.

The group that organized the operation loaded the money into vehicles and, following the established plan, He went to the presidential palace since there the new president of Haiti was going to take office, whom they were supposed to take care of. “(The retired sergeant) Capador took us to the palace because in the palace they were going to protect us, and the police were there and they were going to protect us,” says who says he is Yarce.

Subsequently the Haitian police blocked their way with trucks and tanks, so the mercenary gang took refuge in a house from which they were later evicted with weapons and tear gas. Three ex-military men died and the rest escaped to the Taiwanese embassy in search of diplomatic protection, although they ended up being arrested.

The assassination of Moise was committed, according to the investigations, by a command of 26 mercenaries that he broke into the presidential residence without encountering resistance from the security forces guarding the president. According to the latest police data, 44 people are detained, including 12 members of that institution as well as 18 Colombians, mostly retired military personnel, and six Haitians, three of them US citizens.

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