Security contractor says plan was to arrest Haitian president: report

A Miami-based safety contractor suspected of coaching a gaggle of mercenaries within the assassination plot of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse claimed he was working with a former native choose to assist arrest the chief — and never kill him.

Antonio Intriago, a Venezuelan who owns CTU Security in Doral, stated the mercenaries went to Moïse’s residence to accompany police executing an arrest warrant for the president, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a press release by the businessman’s legal professionals.

The three attorneys stated the president was already lifeless when the Colombians arrived, in accordance to the information outlet.

“It is our belief that the president’s own bodyguards betrayed him,” the legal professionals wrote with out elaborating within the assertion, which included an arrest warrant for Moïse, personal correspondence, contracts and a “Memorandum of Understanding” to change him with an obscure preacher, the Journal stated.

Officials have stated at least 26 suspects have been detained as a part of the probe, together with 18 former Colombian troopers and three Haitian law enforcement officials. Two Americans of Haitian descent additionally allegedly took half within the assassination.  

Miami-based security contractor Antonio Intriago
Miami-based safety contractor Antonio Intriago says that the mercenaries had been on the residence of former Haitian President Jovenel Moïse to assist arrest him.

At least seven high-ranking police officers have been positioned in isolation, however not formally arrested, Haitian police have stated.

Intriago’s legal professionals stated the preliminary mission for the gunmen was to present safety for solar-power stations and different tasks within the city of Jacmel, in accordance to the report.

Their assertion stated Intriago was approached by Dr. Christian Sanon, a doctor and little identified preacher who had knowledgeable Intriago that he deliberate to lead a provisional authorities.

The legal professionals didn’t say how the provisional authorities was supposed to be fashioned.

Sanon, who has lived in Haiti and South Florida for 25 years and is presently underneath arrest within the Caribbean nation, wasn’t accessible for remark, the Journal stated.

Intriago believed the Colombians had been unarmed and nonetheless awaiting for gun permits from Haitian authorities when there was a change of plans for the mission to now accompany police in arresting Moïse, in accordance to the assertion cited by the paper.

The staff was “being requested to accompany a judge who would go along with Haitian police while the warrant was served upon President Moïse,” the assertion stated.

Members of the Haitian police and forensics look for evidence outside of the presidential after the assassination of Jovenel Moïse.
Members of the Haitian police and forensics search for proof exterior the presidential residence after the assassination of Jovenel Moïse.
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A replica of the warrant, signed by Judge Jean Roger Noelcius for the crime of homicide, was offered to Intriago at his request, it stated. No further info was offered concerning the alleged crime.

The Journal stated it couldn’t attain Noelcius for remark.

The assertion additionally stated that Windelle Coq-Thelot, a former Supreme Court choose and Justice of the Peace, needed Intriago’s assist in executing the arrest warrant.

The choose was fired earlier within the yr together with two different justices after the president claimed he had foiled a coup try, however she had introduced herself in her letter as an energetic choose and argued that Moïse had overstayed his five-year time period.

Windelle Coq-Thelot
Former Supreme Court Judge Windelle Coq-Thelot (pictured) needed Antonio Intriago’s staff to perform a warrant towards the previous Haitian president, in accordance to the safety contractor’s assertion.

“I hereby expressly request that your company, that its members assist our Constitutional authorities, especially myself and in general the Haitian people in order to protect democracy,” she wrote within the letter to Intriago.

“I ratify, in my capacity as a Magistrate, in my capacity as a lifetime official and that I represent the people, and protected by the actions of a Judge and a Prosecutor, by the merit given to us by the Constitution, the Law and Reason that we give and will give immunity, protection and security to their actions in our favor,” she added.

Last month, an arrest warrant was issued for Coq-Thelot, who stated Sunday in an unverified Twitter account purporting to belong to her: “I firmly denounce the political persecutions of which I am subjected to at the moment.”

Intriago’s legal professionals stated the US authorities knew about his enterprise plan, the Journal reported.

After Sanon approached him with a proposal to present safety for the photo voltaic venture, Intriago had a enterprise affiliate “call individuals at the US government to get assurances that the business dealings were legitimate,” the attorneys wrote.

Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated on July 7, 2021.
Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated on July 7, 2021.
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“Whenever Mr. Intriago questioned the legality of providing security services for Dr. Sanon or anyone else in Haiti, [the business associate] called his FBI contacts and Mr. Intriago became confident that the United States government knew exactly what was taking place in Haiti,” they reportedly wrote.

The FBI didn’t instantly reply to the paper’s request for remark.

A State Department spokeswoman has beforehand stated that studies that former troopers had been appearing on behalf of the US had been false.

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