January 24, 2022

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They said they would not deport one of the suspects in the assassination of former Prime Minister Claude Moyes to Haiti.

Mario Antonio Palacios Palacios, a former Colombian soldier, is wanted in connection with the assassination of Haitian President Jovnell Moss.

Former Haitian Prime Minister Claude Joseph confirmed this Saturday Former Colombian army officer Mario Antonio Palacios, who was detained in Jamaica on suspicion of involvement in the assassination of Haitian President Juan Jolie, will be deported to his home country, not Haiti, next Monday.

Joseph wrote on his Twitter account that the Haitian government had not provided “sufficient evidence” to establish the involvement of mercenaries in the assassination of Moyes, who was ordered to leave his private home in Port-au-Prince on July 7 last year. Did not meet with opposition.

“This is a serious blow to the investigation. Unfortunately, the current group (the Haitian government) has not made any follow-up, although Colombian authorities have assured me of their cooperation.Joseph said he was fired as Haiti’s foreign minister in November.

Mario Antonio Palacios, 43, was charged by Haitian authorities with being part of a mercenary force that killed Moise during an attack on his private home in July, in which his wife was also injured.

Palacios was arrested in Jamaica in October and charged with trespassing into the country from the Dominican Republic.

File image of a man holding a photo of Haitian President Jovnell Moyes assassinated during his funeral in Cape Haiti, Haiti.  July 23, 2021. REUTERS / Ricardo Arduengo
File image of a man holding a photo of Haitian President Jovnell Moyes assassinated during his funeral in Cape Haiti, Haiti. July 23, 2021. REUTERS / Ricardo Arduengo

The Jamaican government has issued a deportation order for entering the country illegally. However, the island nation does not have a formal extradition agreement with Haiti, where Palacios is wanted, a local police spokesman said.

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According to investigations, Moyes was assassinated on the morning of July 7 by unidentified assailants who entered the presidential residence.

Joseph was prime minister and president at the time of the assassination.

In the group that allegedly carried out the attack, 18 former Colombian soldiers and 2 Haitian-Americans were arrested, and 3 Colombians were killed in police firing.

In July, the Haitian National Police issued a search and arrest warrant against Palacios, a member of the Order charged with killing President Jovnell Moyes.

File photo of journalists near the Haitian president's residence after the assassination of Jovnell Moyes by unidentified gunmen in Port-au-Prince.  REUTERS / Estilov St.-Wall
File photo of journalists near the Haitian president’s residence after the assassination of Jovnell Moyes by unidentified gunmen in Port-au-Prince. REUTERS / Estilov St.-Wall

According to investigative data, Palacios entered Moyes’ home and escaped during the assassination.

Investigations into the incident appear to have stalled in Haiti.

The president’s wife, Martin Moyes, was injured in the attack and underwent surgery in the United States. At Moyes’ funeral, he denounced the country’s oligarchy as responsible for the crime.

Testimony of the condemned

The mercenaries maintain a version of “they are innocent” and denounce that they have been “tortured” because they were “deceived” by Haiti.

“We were useful fools to someone else”, One of the former Colombian soldiers told CNN reporters that they did not kill him.

File photo.  Suspects in the assassination of President Jovnell Moyes were shot dead at his home early Wednesday morning and shown to the media in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  July 8, 2021. REUTERS / Estailove St-Val
File photo. Suspects in the assassination of President Jovnell Moyes were shot dead at his home early Wednesday morning and shown to the media in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. July 8, 2021. REUTERS / Estailove St-Val

They also promised to hire a company called CTU, which promised to provide security in Haiti for US $ 2,700 to US $ 3,000 per month. One of the interviewees said that they did not receive a penny for the work and that they were disappointed.

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“They told us we were going to provide security for a presidential candidate from Haiti (…) We do not know what’s going to happen.”Said one of the Colombians in the interview.

When prisoners tell the media about their legal status, they have no legal representation, fear for their lives, and do not want to go into further detail about what happened as long as there is someone to protect them.

(With information from EFE)

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