The interim Prime Minister of Haiti found that, according to preliminary information, Jovenel Moïse was killed by armed foreigners. The Haitian ambassador to the United States, for his part, spoke of “professional” mercenaries.
According to preliminary information, the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was perpetrated by an “armed detachment” made up of foreigners, interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph announced. The assassins were “professional” mercenaries posing as American agents and may have already left the country, the Haitian ambassador to the United States in turn said.
“Well orchestrated” attack
The perpetrators of the murder presented themselves at the residence of President Jovenel Moïse, claiming to belong to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Still, their behavior did not appear to comply with this statute, according to Ambassador Bocchit Edmond.
“It was a well-orchestrated attack, and they are professionals,” Ambassador Bocchit Edmond told reporters. “We have a video, and we think they’re mercenaries.” “It’s a DEA special operation!” Don’t resist!” can be heard in an alleged video of the attack shared on social networks.
According to a hypothesis by the local newspaper Diario Libre, which refers to government sources, it would be a group of seven men, four Colombians, and three Venezuelans.
First Lady evacuated
The Haitian First Lady injured in the attack, Martine Moïse, will be evacuated to Miami for treatment. “I can tell you that the necessary arrangements have been made since this morning to transfer her to a hospital in Miami,” said the ambassador.
According to Edmond, an investigation is underway to determine the killers’ whereabouts, motives, and nationalities, who said they spoke to each other in Spanish. He believes the assassins may have already left Haiti, likely to travel to the Dominican Republic, a Spanish-speaking country with which Haiti shares the island of Hispaniola.
“We do not know if they are gone or if they are still there,” he said.
“If they are not in the country, there has only been one way for them to leave, and that is through the borders because there is no plane.” Mr. Edmond thus affirms that the possible use of a private plane would have been detected by civil aviation, while an exit of the territory by the land borders could have gone unnoticed.