The mystery surrounding the assassination of Haiti's President Jovenel Moise

The mystery surrounding the assassination of Haiti's President Jovenel Moise

A 28-member team made from Colombians and Americans murdered President Jovenel Moise, Haitian police say, but little is understood about who masterminded the assassination and their motives because the investigation pressed on Friday.

Seventeen suspected assailants in Wednesday's pre-dawn attack are arrested, including 15 Colombians and two Americans of Haitian origin, the country's police said Thursday at a news conference .

Three Colombian gunmen were killed by police, while eight members of the team are at large, Haiti's captain Leon Charles said, though the figures differed slightly from other official sources.

But little has been revealed on why gunmen broke into the president's personal residence, riddling him with bullets and wounding his wife, Martine.

Authorities have caught the perpetrators of the attack, Leon said, but are now trying to find the masterminds.

Police paraded a number of the suspects before the media Thursday, along side Colombian passports and weapons that they had seized.

At least six suspected members of the team appear to be former Colombian soldiers, said Colombian Defense Minister Diego Molano.

According to Interpol, the ex-military men were two retired non-commissioned army officers and 4 former soldiers, said General Jorge Vargas, national police director. Two were among those killed by the Haitian police.

Colombian President Ivan Duque assured interim Haitian Prime Minister Claude Joseph "the collaboration of his country in advancing the investigation".

Colombian media reports on Friday said four of the previous military suspects left Bogota on June 4 for Haiti's neighbor the Dominican Republic , crossing the approach June 6.

Taiwan confirmed late Thursday that 11 of the suspects were arrested on its embassy grounds, after security discovered a gaggle of armed men had broken into the courtyard of the property that had been shuttered "for safety reasons" after Moise's murder.

The US State Department, without confirming the arrest of any American nationals, has indicated it'll help the Haitian investigation.

The us will help with the investigation by sending senior FBI and other officials as soon as possible, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Friday.

After days of paralysis within the capital, Port-au-Prince saw the timid return of individuals to the streets, shops opening and therefore the resumption of conveyance on Friday morning.

People scrambled to refill on basic necessities at supermarkets in anticipation of more days of instability.

Gang violence, rife within the Caribbean nation, also picked up again on Friday, with clashes between groups paralyzing traffic on a serious highway.

The city's airport, shuttered within the wake of the attack, is predicted to re-open Friday.

But questions continued to swirl within the country over who killed the president and why.

"Foreigners came to the country to perpetrate this crime. We, Haitians, are appalled", a resident of the capital told AFP.

"We got to know who is behind this, their names, their backgrounds in order that justice are often served", he added.

Senior cops , directly liable for the safety of the Haitian president, are within the hot seat and are summoned to seem before the courts, said Port-au-Prince government commissioner Bed-Ford Claude on Thursday.

"If you're liable for the safety of the president, where were you? What did you are doing to avoid this fate for the president?" Claude said.

Others have speculated on the possible involvement of security agents within the killing, adding to the confusion.

"The president of the Republic, Jovenel Moise, was assassinated by his security agents", former Haitian senator Steven Benoit said on Magik9 radio Friday.

"It isn't Colombians who killed him. They were contracted by the Haitian state".

The attack has further destabilized the poorest country within the Americas, suffering from insecurity.

Two men are now vying to steer the country of 11 million people, quite half whom are under age 20. there's no working parliament now.

One of Moise's last acts as president was to appoint on Monday a replacement prime minister, Ariel Henry. He had not taken office when Moise was killed.

Several hours after the assassination, Henry's predecessor, interim premier Claude Joseph, declared a national "state of siege" for fifteen days and said he was now responsible .

While the opposition has accused Joseph of power-grabbing, the United Nations envoy to Haiti, Helen La Lime, has said he had authority because Henry had not been sworn in.

The country was already within the midst of in an institutional crisis: Moise had not organized an election since he came to power in early 2017 and because the country has had no parliament since January 2020, Moise had been ruling by decree.

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