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Arrest warrants issued in Haiti for assassination case

Arrest warrants issued in Haiti for assassination case

Port-au-Prince, Aug 3 (Prensa Latina) The Haitian Prosecutor's Office issued another five arrest warrants against well-known politicians, religious and businessmen as part of the investigations into the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, it was known today.
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The notices dated July 12 and released Tuesday on social media accuse the leader of the ruling Tét Kale party, Line Blathazar, former Prime Minister Paul Dennis and businessman Samir Handall of murder, attempted murder and armed robbery.

Religious Gerard Forges Janvier and Gerald Bataille are also subject to the order.

Dennis, who served as head of government during Michel Martelly’s presidency (2011-2016), described the legal actions as political persecution, although he did not make other statements.

In the framework of the investigation, the prosecutor of the capital Claude Bed-Ford already received in hearings the former president of the National Assembly (parliament), Youri Latorute and the ex-senator Stevens Benoit.

However, he was unable to interview security officers Jean Laguel Civil and Dimitri Hérard, as they did not receive authorization from the National Directorate of the Judicial Police, and they are currently in prison.

The Police arrested 44 people, including 18 of Colombian nationality and accused of being part of the armed group that broke into the presidential house at dawn on July 7, assassinated President Jovenel Moïse, and wounded his wife Martine Étienne .

The authorities also arrested the doctor Enmanuel Sanon, suspected of being one of the masterminds of the assassination and related to companies based in the United States, which allegedly financed the operation and hired the hitmen.

Similarly, four police officers accused of assisting the armed commando, as well as five Haitian-born Americans, remain in prison for the case.

Police issued search notices against six other people, including former Cassation Judge Wendelle Coq, former Senator for the West department, John Joël Joseph, and lawyer Joseph Felix Badio.


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