Colombian police on Friday identified a former Haitian justice ministry official as the one who informed Colombian mercenaries that their mission was to assassinate President Jovenel Moïse.

Joseph Felix Badio, “a former justice ministry official who worked in the anti-corruption unit with the general intelligence services,” met two Colombian mercenaries in Port-au-Prince, explained the General José Vargas, Colombian police chief.

During this meeting, the former Colombian soldiers Duberney Capador – since killed by the Haitian police – and German Rivera, who was arrested, were “informed that they were going to arrest the Haitian president”.

But “a few days before [le 7 juillet] Joseph Felix Badio […] informs Capador and Rivera that what they must do is assassinate the President of Haiti, ”Vargas added during a press conference.

However, Colombian police did not say whether Joseph Felix Badio acted on the order of sponsors or the reasons for ordering him to kill Mr. Moses.

Jovenel Moïse, 53, was killed on July 7 in his residence in Port-au-Prince by an armed commando. Haitian police arrested around 20 people, including 18 Colombians and three Haitians who also have American nationality.

According to the Haitian police, with which the Colombian police collaborate, the assassination of the Haitian president was planned from the neighboring Dominican Republic.

But many gray areas remain in particular on the sponsors of the attack against Mr. Moïse, a president widely criticized for his authoritarian drift in a country plagued by violence and poverty.

The apparent ease with which the attackers managed to kill the head of state in the middle of the night continues to arouse suspicion from the authorities.

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The president’s security chief, Dimitri Hérard, and three other officials have been placed in solitary confinement.

On Thursday, Colombian police said Colombian mercenaries claimed to have been recruited to capture Jovenel Moïse and hand him over to the US Drug Agency. But the Colombian authorities have not ruled out that they may have been deceived.

“An important group [de Colombiens] was taken away with a supposed mission of protection. But within this group there is a smaller group that apparently had detailed knowledge of what would turn out to be a criminal operation, ”Colombian President Ivan Duque said.

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