Haitian Police Pursue New Presidential Assassination Suspects

Haitian authorities have identified new suspects in the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse in July 2021, including a pastor and a known gang leader.

Police spokesman Garry Desrosiers said in an interview on Friday with Radio Télévision Caraïbes that arrest warrants have also been issued for eight police officers.

None of the new suspects have been arrested and it was unclear what alleged roles they might have played.

Desrosiers identified the gang leader as Vitel’Homme Innocent, leader of the Kraze Barye gang, which roughly translates to "breaking barriers". He is also wanted by the FBI, which accused him of helping to kidnap 17 American missionaries in October 2021.

Desrosiers did not provide further details and did not immediately return a message for comment.

Before the new arrest warrants were announced, more than 40 suspects had been detained in the case, including at least 18 former Colombian soldiers accused of breaking into Moïse’s private residence in an attack that injured his wife.

Eleven other suspects are in US custody, including a former Haitian senator and other key players.

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