The crowd reacts near the Petion-Ville police station, where armed men accused of being involved in the assassination of President Jovenel Moise were detained in Port-au-Prince on July 8, 2021.
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The White House said it was sending high-ranking FBI and DHS officials to Port-au-Prince as soon as possible to assist in investigating the brutal assassination of Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise in response to a formal request from the Haiti government. It was. ..
“The United States continues to work closely with Haiti and its international partners to help the Haiti people after the assassination of the president,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a news conference.
However, the United States has no plans to send military aid at this time, Whitehouse officials told NBC News Friday afternoon in a report that Haitian officials demanded the military to secure critical infrastructure. so.
An FBI spokesperson said authorities are working with the US embassy in Haiti and law enforcement partners to determine how to support the investigation.
Haiti’s ambassador to the United States, Bocchi Edmond, said Friday that the Haiti government’s request outlines the “important role” that the FBI and the Justice Department can play in the assassination investigation.
Edmond also added that the Haitian government has requested the United States to impose sanctions on the perpetrators involved in the attack. Global Magnitzky Method, This allows the President of the United States to deny entry and impose economic sanctions on foreigners responsible for extrajudicial killings or human rights abuses.
“We look forward to working with our US partners in search of truth and justice.” Edmond said in a series of posts on Twitter..
Colombia also announced that it would support the investigation. Reuters reported on Friday.. Colombian President Ivan Duque said the Director of National Intelligence of Colombia and the Director of National Intelligence of the National Police will be sent to Haiti with Interpol.
The US State Department confirmed on Friday that two Americans had been arrested by Haitian authorities after the assassination of the president.
“We are aware that two US citizens have been arrested in Haiti and we are closely monitoring the situation,” a State Department spokesman told CNBC. “We continue to promise to work with Haitian authorities on the investigation.”
The State Department declined further comments because of privacy concerns and asked Haitian authorities for more information.
Haitian police on friday Haitian-American suspects have been identified as James Solage and Joseph Vincent. Solage, 35, is the youngest of the suspects and Vincent, 55, is the oldest, according to a document shared by Haiti’s Election Minister Matthias Pierre.
They are one of at least 20 suspects detained alongside 18 Colombians in a shocking assassination by Haitian police so far.
The search continues to look for at least five additional suspects, the other four Killed by the police In exchange for shootouts, according to Haitian police. Haiti police chief Leon Charles urged Haitians on Thursday to help authorities find other suspects, but not to “put justice in their hands.”
US President Joe Biden accused the assassination on Wednesday and said he was “shocked and saddened to hear” about it.
“The United States condolences to the people of Haiti. We are ready to help continue working for a safe and secure Haiti.” Biden said in a statement.
Citizens participate in protests near the Petion-Ville police station after Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise was killed in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on July 8, 2021.
On Wednesday, a group of shooters assassinated Moise, injured his wife in his private residence, and put the Caribbean countries in a more serious political crisis fueled by gang violence and protests against the late president’s increasingly authoritarian rule. I made it rush.
Haiti’s interim prime minister, Claude Joseph, said police and the military are in control of Haiti’s security. Authorities declared a siege of the country following the killing and closed the international airport.
Edmond called for an international investigation into the assassination and called on the United States to help strengthen Haiti’s security.
The State Department vehemently denied the Drug Enforcement Administration’s involvement in the assassination after attackers identified themselves as DEA agents on Thursday.
Edmond states that the attacker is disguised as a DEA agent and describes him as “a well-trained professional murderer, Commando,” based on a video taken from a neighbor’s house during the attack. He also said that some people speak Spanish. Haitians speak French and Creole.
Protests against the late President of Haiti have intensified in recent months as opposition leaders and their supporters demanded his resignation.
Moise was accused of trying to expand his power even after his term expired in February. Opposition leaders pointed to the approval of legislation limiting the authority of courts to audit the government and the creation of an intelligence agency that responds only to him.
Opposition leaders and their supporters also rejected Moise’s plan to hold a constitutional referendum with controversial proposals that would strengthen the president’s power.
-The Associated Press contributed to this report
FBI to support investigation, no U.S. military plans