Late Thursday evening, a news conference was held at Haitian National Police Headquarters in the capital of Port-au-Prince with the country’s interim prime minister Claude Joseph and Mathias Pierre, a minister in charge of Haitian elections. The officials announced that two South Florida men and 15 Colombian nationals had been detained in the assassination of President Jovenel Moise, according to Miami Herald.
Two U.S. citizens of Haitian descent, James Solages, 35, of Fort Lauderdale and Joseph Vincent, 55, of Miami, were identified during the press conference.
Undated videos of Solages, whose primary residents is in Fort Lauderdale, described himself as a “philanthropist and child advocate who enjoyed helping schoolchildren from the area where he grew up,” according to Miami Herald.
Haitian officials identified four of the other suspects arrested so far, all from Colombia: Alejandro Girardo Zapata, 41; John Jairo Ramirez Gomez, 40; Victor Albeiro Pinera Cardona, 40; and Manuel Antonio Groso Guarin, 41. The remaining suspects have yet to be named.
In total, 17 have been arrested, including the two Americans and 15 Colombians. There seems to be a discrepancy of initial reports that police killed seven assailants but now the figure is three. The police didn’t explain the difference.
Some of the assailants were rounded up by residents in the capital and handed over to police. We shared a video of this on Thursday afternoon.
La población de Haití ayuda a la policía a la captura de otros dos sospechosos del asesinato del presidente Jovenel Moïse pic.twitter.com/LqTQVqvylC
— RT en Español (@ActualidadRT) July 8, 2021
Searches continue Friday for more suspects. Police said there could be eight more on the run.
“We are pursuing them. We are asking the public to help us,” said Haiti’s police chief, Leon Charles.
The country’s interim prime minister said a group of foreigners had entered the country to kill the president “in a cowardly fashion.”
“They forgot something,” Joseph said. “You may kill the president, but you cannot kill his dreams, you cannot kill his ideology, and you cannot kill what he was fighting for. That’s why I’m determined for President Jovenel Moïse’s family, friends and allies, and the Haitian population, to get justice.”
At Haiti’s National Police Headquarters, authorities showed images on national television of the assailants. They also displayed the weapons used in the assassination, including assault rifles, shotguns, sledgehammers, machetes, and bolt cutters. …
Apparently the PM wasn’t on board with the agenda:
Haiti rejects COVID-19 vaccine from WHO
The Haitian government has declined to receive the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine proposed by the World Health Organization (WHO), according to EFE, a Dominican news outlet.
About 756,000 vaccine doses were scheduled to arrive in Haiti in May, free of charge to the government, according to The Guardian.
Haïti has asked for vaccines from other drugmakers, an unnamed government source told EFE. However, the country’s lack of deep refrigeration infrastructure can only accommodate the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, which don’t require the deeply cold temperatures environments for handling and safekeeping. Source….