A former Colombian soldier, wanted in Haiti, was arrested in Jamaica for Assassination of President Jovenel Moise, according to Colombian authorities announced on Friday.
Mario Palacios is accused of being one of 26 Colombian mercenaries accused of involvement in the July 7 assassination of Moyes at his home in the capital, Port-au-Prince, in an attack in his wife Martin was injured.
“We have been informed of Palacios’ arrest. What is happening now is the process of his extradition to Haiti,” Colombian police chief Jorge Vargas said. in a video recording.
He explained that the Interpol office in Kingston, in Jamaica was the one who informed him of the matter.
No details of the arrest were released, nor how Palacios reached the island of Jamaica, which borders Haiti. Palacios was wanted in based on an Interpol “red notice”.
Three Colombians were killed by Haitian military fire during their response to the attack and another 18 were arrested, along with two US citizens of Haitian descent.
Vargas had previously announced that the arrested Colombians had said the basic plan was to arrest Moyes and hand him over to the US Drug Enforcement Agency. The mercenaries were hired by the Venezuelan security firm CTU, based in Miami.
The Colombian government denounced the mistreatment of its arrested citizens by the Haitian authorities.
The assassination aggravated a serious crisis, especially in Haiti, which suffers from insecurity and an escalation of violence and kidnapping by gangs.
The capital also suffers from a fuel shortage due to the gangs that control oil outlets, and is seeing angry demonstrations over the availability of fuel only on the black market.
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