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U.S. charges Colombian suspect in assassination of President Haiti

Mario Antonio Palacios has been charged with conspiracy to commit murder or kidnapping outside the United States in connection with the assassination of Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise.

Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise was shot dead at his home in Port-au-Prince on July 7. (Reuters)

U.S. officials have charged retired Colombian soldiers for the assassination of Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise last July.

The Justice Department said in a statement Tuesday that 43-year-old Mario Palacios, along with others, “participated in a plan to kidnap or kill President Haiti.”

Palacios was detained at the airport in Panama late Monday and flew to Miami as part of a “voluntary delivery” transaction.

If convicted, Palacios faces a maximum life imprisonment. He was detained and was scheduled to appear in court in Miami later on Tuesday.

U.S. prosecutors said the plot against Moise “initially focused on abducting the president as part of an arrest operation,” but “eventually resulted in a plot of killing.” ..

The prosecutor said, “On July 7, 2021, Palacios and others entered Haiti’s presidential residence with the intention and purpose of killing President Moise, and the president was actually killed.”

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Others involved in the project, according to the statement, were a group of 20 Colombian citizens and Haitian-based Haitian-American dual citizens.

Palacios was on his way to Colombia after being deported to Jamaica for no evidence of an assassination, but was arrested during a stopover at Panama’s Tokamen International Airport.

After being arrested, Panama Immigration Director Samira Gozain said, “I boarded a plane to Miami last night (Monday) because I accepted the voluntary transfer,” and “an interpole warrant was issued to a former soldier on murder charges.” It was done. ” Conspiracy to kill. “

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Moise was shot dead at his home in Port-au-Prince on July 7. Three Colombians were killed by Haitian troops in response to the attack, and an additional 18 were detained along with two Haitian Americans.

Since then, dozens of people have arrestedHowever, the author of the attack remains unknown.

Crisis worsens

The assassination has already deepened a dramatic crisis in Haiti, which suffers from lack of security, the proliferation of gangsters, and a series of kidnappings.

Haiti’s Prime Minister Ariel Henry has virtually run the country since Moise’s murder, and said he was also targeted for an attempted assassination at the National Foundation Day celebration last weekend.

On Tuesday he welcomed the accusation against Palacios in a brief statement.

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Source: TRT World and distributors

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