17 people have been arrested in connection with the killing of Jovenel Moise, including two Americans.
According to local authorities, at least 28 individuals were engaged in President Moise’s killing. There are 26 Colombians among them.
On Thursday, Haitian police detained two US citizens in connection with the continuing investigation into President Jovenel Moise’s killing by unidentified gunmen at his residence the day before. One of the men detained, according to the Associated Press, was former security at the Canadian embassy in Haiti’s capital, Port au Prince.
Taiwanese officials claimed 11 individuals were seized from the embassy premises just hours after the Americans were arrested. “Around 4 p.m. (Thursday), the police conducted an operation and successfully detained 11 individuals,” Taiwan’s embassy said, adding that it had “without hesitation” consented to a police request to search the premises. Others are said to be of Colombian ancestry.
“We have detained 15 Colombians and two Haitian-born Americans.” “Three Colombians have been slain, and eight others are on the run,” said Leon Charles, the director-general of the national police.
“We will increase our investigation and search tactics to intercept the other eight mercenaries,” Charles added, adding that the police had seized “weapons and materials used by the perpetrators.”
On Wednesday, gunmen assaulted President Moise and his wife Martine at their home in the capital, Port-au-Prince. Moise was killed, and his wife was injured, during the attack. She is being treated in a hospital in Miami, Florida, and is said to be in good health.
The assassination of Moise has thrown Haiti, an economically poor country in the Americas, into chaos. It presently lacks a president and a functioning parliament, with two persons claiming to be prime ministers: Ariel Henry and Claude Joseph.
Officials have yet to provide a motive for the murder. Since taking office in 2017, Moise has faced huge protests against his leadership, first over charges of corruption and his economic management, then over his growing power.