According to the Pentagon, some of the former Colombian servicemen arrested following last week’s assassination of Haiti’s president previously received US military training, raising new questions about the US’ involvement in Jovenel Moise’s death, Washington Post reported on Thursday.
“A review of our training databases indicates that a small number of the Colombian individuals detained as part of this investigation had participated in past U.S. military training and education programs, while serving as active members of the Colombian Military Forces,” Lt. Col. Ken Hoffman, a Pentagon spokesman, told The Washington Post.
Head of security of Haiti’s presidential palace under arrest
According to reports earlier today, the head of security at Haiti’s presidential palace has also been placed under police custody as authorities continue to investigate the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise.
According to associate Carl Martin, who is coordinating Herard’s legal defence team, Dimitri Herard, the head of the National Palace’s General Security Unit, was questioned at the Inspector General’s office on Wednesday before being transferred to a police station in Port-au-Prince.
Before President’s assassination
According to Haitian police, Colombian intelligence officers, and participants in the discussions, several of the central figures under investigation by Haitian authorities in connection with President Jovenel Mose’s assassination gathered in the months before the killing to discuss rebuilding the troubled nation once the president was out of power, New York Times reported.
According to New York Times report, the meetings, which took place in Florida and the Dominican Republic over the last year, appear to link a seemingly disparate group of suspects in the investigation, including a 63-year-old doctor and pastor, a security equipment salesman, and a mortgage and insurance broker in Florida.