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American citizens linked to Florida have been arrested in connection with the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse.
James Solages, 35, an American of Haitian descent, and Joseph Vincent, 55, another Haitian-American, were presented to reporters at a press conference last Thursday in which authorities unmasked 17 suspects, all handcuffed.
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“We are going to prosecute them,” said Léon Charles, the Haitian police chief.
Aside from Solages and Vincent, whose alleged role in the murder was not immediately clear, Charles said 15 of the suspects were from Colombia. Three other suspects were killed by police and eight fled.
Mathias Pierre, Haitian Minister of Elections and Party Relations, announced the names of Solages and Vincent on Thursday. Haitian authorities have not disclosed why they arrested the two US citizens.
Le Nouvelliste newspaper quoted authorities as saying that the two Haitian-Americans identified themselves as translators of the suspected killers.
“They said they were translators. The mission was to arrest President Jovenel Moïse on the order of an examining magistrate and not to kill him, ”Judge Clément Noël told the newspaper.
The Facebook account of a certain James Solages, identifying him as a resident of Florida, was deleted shortly after the news of his arrest was announced. A James Solages is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of FWA SA A JACMEL AVAN, INC. listed, a charity whose objective is to “enable the growth and development of disadvantaged people in Haiti”. According to a LinkedIn page apparently owned by the same user, Solages attended FCC Career College in Florida and listed “Military Police” in the “Skills” section.
A biography of Solage on the NGO’s website describes him as “a civil engineer specializing in infrastructure development” who was “the head of the bodyguards at the Canadian Embassy in Haiti”.
The Miami Herald quoted a government official on Thursday confirming Solages’ previous work at the Canadian Embassy.
“We are aware of allegations concerning a person who was briefly hired as a replacement bodyguard by a security company commissioned by Global Affairs Canada in 2010,” the official said on condition of anonymity.
Victorie Dorisme, Solages’ aunt, told the Herald she was stunned by the charges against her.
“I’ve never heard of him having problems like this,” he said.
Details about Vince were harder to find. Haitian media reported he had been in the country for about six months and authorities said he had previously lived in Miami.
The Daily Beast previously reported hearing a man with an American accent shout, “Operation DEA. Everything on the floor. DEA surgery. Everyone stand up, step back ”in videos of the attack on the Haitian president. Several sources told the Daily Beast that “foreign mercenaries” were behind the murder.
According to Pierre, detainees are being held at a police station in Port-au-Prince and special agents protect the station from an angry crowd.
Moses, a businessman who took office in 2017, ruled by decree following the dissolution of parliament in January last year and was urged by opponents to resign after the country failed not held elections for over a year.
After the attack, it is not clear who is running the government, as two men are fighting for the post of prime minister. A neurologist, Ariel Henry, was to replace interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph on Wednesday. After Joseph announced Moses’ death, he said he was leading the government of the nation. But in an interview with The Associated Press, Henry suggested otherwise. “It’s an exceptional situation. There is some confusion, ”he said. I am the interim Prime Minister.
Port-au-Prince airport is now closed to commercial traffic and the Dominican Republic has closed border crossings.
President Joe Biden released a statement on Wednesday expressing his shock and condolences.
“We are shocked and saddened to learn of the terrible assassination of President Jovenel Moïse and the attack on First Lady Martine Moïse of Haiti,” Biden said. “We condemn this heinous act and send my most sincere wishes for the recovery of the First Lady Moses. The United States offers its condolences to the Haitian people and we stand ready to help as we continue to work for a more secure Haiti. “