Two U.S. citizens have just been arrested by Haitian authorities for allegedly having a part in the assignation of Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise.
A top government official in Haiti announced that two Haitian American citizens James Solages and Joseph Vincent were both detained for allegedly being linked to the assassination of Haiti’s’ president.
Not much is known about Joseph Vincent but James Solages was a former body guard at the Canadian Embassy in Haiti.
Along with the two Americans, 26 Colombians are also suspected to be linked to the assassination and some were even retired members of the Colombian army.
As of right now the assassination is still under investigation but it appears that somebody else was called the hit and the assassins were just on payroll.
Two Americans among suspects arrested in assassination of Haiti’s Presidenthttps://t.co/dDEHRkXkYM
— TIME (@TIME) July 9, 2021
The armed group who assassinated Haiti's President Jovenel Moise were "professional killers" consisting of more than two dozen people, including two American citizens and retired members of the Colombian military, authorities have said. https://t.co/00qD8AQePc
— CNN (@CNN) July 9, 2021
CNN had these details to add to the story:
Two US citizens are among more than a dozen arrested in Haiti in connection with the assassination of President Jovenel Moise, a top government official said Thursday.
Elections Minister Mathias Pierre told CNN two US citizens were allegedly linked to Wednesday’s attack. Pierre identified the men as James Solages and Joseph Vincent, both naturalized citizens from Haiti.
In a press conference in the capital Port-au-Prince on Thursday, Haiti Chief of Police Leon Charles said 28 people were involved in the assassination, including 26 Colombians, in addition to the two Haitian-Americans.
Seventeen people have been “caught,” Charles said.
Haitian police are looking for at least eight more people.
Separately on Thursday, Colombia’s Defense Ministry announced at least six alleged attackers were retired members of the Colombian Army.
— AFP News Agency (@AFP) July 9, 2021
The Associated Press got the scoop too:
Two men believed to be Haitian Americans — one of them purportedly a former bodyguard at the Canadian Embassy in Port au Prince — have been arrested in connection with the assassination of Haiti’s president, Haitian officials said Thursday.
James Solages and Joseph Vincent were among 17 suspects detained in the brazen killing of President Jovenel Moïse by gunmen at his home in the pre-dawn hours Wednesday. Fifteen of them are from Colombia, according to Léon Charles, chief of Haiti’s National Police. He added that three other suspects were killed by police and eight others are on the run. Charles had earlier said seven were killed.
“We are going to bring them to justice,” he said as the 17 suspects sat handcuffed on the floor during a press conference Thursday night.
Late Thursday, Colombia’s government said six of the suspects in Haiti, including two of those killed, were retired member of Colombia’s army, though it didn’t release their identities.
The head of the Colombian national police, Gen. Jorge Luis Vargas Valencia, said President Iván Duque had instructed the high command of Colombia’s army and police to cooperate in the investigation.
“A team was formed with the best investigators … they are going to send dates, flight times, financial information that is already being collected to be sent to Port-au-Prince,” Vargas said.
The big question is who called the hit?