Former Colombian military men have confessed their plan to kill the president of Haiti and their audios are leaked

Several former Colombian soldiers have confessed their entire plan to assassinate the president of Haiti. A TV channel leaked the alleged...

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  • Several former Colombian soldiers have confessed their entire plan to assassinate the president of Haiti.
  • A TV channel leaked the alleged audios where the former Colombian military men confessed how they carried out the assassination.
  • They also revealed who gave the order to kill the president.

Prisoners in Haiti and under interrogation, four of the 18 former Colombian soldiers investigated for the murder of President Jovenel Moïse gave details of the assault on the president’s house on July 7 and confessed that they were ordered to assassinate him, according to audios published on Wednesday by television channel Noticias Caracol and that are supposed to be in the hands of the Haitian authorities and the FBI.

The ex-military men have pointed to a former official of the Ministry of Justice of Haiti, Joseph Félix Badio, as the man who ordered the murder, according to the audios released by Noticias Caracol, but whose authenticity could not be corroborated by The Associated Press. Hours after the publication, a lawyer for some of the relatives of the ex-military detainees in the Caribbean nation said that they didn’t recognize the voices.

They broadcast audios of the alleged confession of the Colombian ex-military (click on the image)

Colombian ex-military
Screenshot from video posted by Caracol

One of those who is supposedly heard is former captain Germán Rivera García, who mentions former Haitian official Badio, still wanted by the Haitian authorities. “He said he had, that everyone had to be killed (…) the police, the president’s security, everyone inside the house had to be killed,” he is heard saying.

This version coincides with the one that the Colombian police gave to the press a month ago. “Several days before (the homicide), apparently three, Joseph Félix Badio… indicates to (Duberney) Capador and (Germán) Rivera that what they have to do is assassinate the president of Haiti,” said the director of the Haitian Police. Colombia, General Jorge Luis Vargas, on the orders that the former official would have given to the former Colombian soldiers.

Colombian ex-soldiers carried an illegal arrest warrant

They carried an illegal arrest warrant

The initial order that Badio would have given to the former Colombian military was to arrest the president, added Vargas. This would have happened during a meeting in Haiti, for which he did not specify a date, although he indicated that it took place after the arrival in the country of former Colombian soldiers Germán Rivera and Duberney Capador, on May 10. “A person named Askard” attended this meeting and had knowledge of the plan “the company CTU Security, Emmanuel Sanon and several other people who have already been captured,” Vargas said.

According to Caracol, who did not say how he obtained the audio files, the ex-military officers have brought an illegal arrest warrant against Moïse signed by the “first instance court of Port-au-Prince.”

“It was time to enter and kill everyone, even the pet if there was”

Colombian ex-military
AP Photo

“Mike (as they call Rivera) did say that it was time to go in and kill everyone, it was time to kill all the policemen, rather, if there was even a pet, kill the pet, that there could be no witnesses … they did tell us, that it was an arrest warrant, yes, but Mike told us that we had to fight (kill) the president, ”another person said in one of the audios, which according to Caracol is the ex-military Jheyner Carmona Flórez.

Nélson Romero, a former military officer and a lawyer who advises more than a dozen relatives of Colombians imprisoned in Haiti, told The Associated Press that after having a meeting with the relatives, they “do not recognize the voice of the alleged declarants or because of their timbre or because of the vocabulary they use, because that way they don’t express themselves ”. In addition, Romero assured that they continue to find inconsistencies in the investigation.

Family members deny that audios are from the accused Colombian ex-military

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In this file photo from July 8, 2021, suspects in the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse are shown to the media along with the weapons and equipment they allegedly used in the attack, at the headquarters of the police in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Haitian authorities have implicated at least 20 retired Colombian soldiers in the assassination of the president on July 7. (AP Photo / Jean Marc Hervé Abélard, file)

“According to what the news says, they had the order to kill ‘even the pet’, but there were no deaths other than the president, which indicates that the news is false because it does not coincide with the real events, there are no police dead or injured. There was only one suspicious wound on the first lady, ”added Romero.

Badio and the Haitian-American James Solages also reportedly accompanied the Colombian ex-military to the assault on Moïse’s house. Badio fled after the president’s death, while Solages was captured by Haitian authorities hours later.

Colombian ex-military men have been received with shots

They would have been received with shots in the presidential palace in Haiti

“The first vehicle was with the three policemen and two of the 20 men here. They would go and arrive at a point where the police are and they would stop and neutralize the police who were there, ”said former Colombian military officer Ángel Yarce Sierra.

Before entering the presidential house, the ex-Colombian soldiers were shot, according to Jheyner Carmona Flórez: “There was crossfire there and we were obviously responding to the fire so as not to allow ourselves to be killed.” However, they would not have had to force the door, because the main gate of the house was open.

“No, please,” the policemen exclaimed after surrendering

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In this file photo from July 8, 2021, residents look out the window of a police car at the bodies of two unidentified people whom Haitian Police Chief Leon Charles called suspects in the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, later of a shooting with the police in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Haitian authorities have implicated some 20 retired Colombian soldiers in the assassination of the president on July 7, and at least three of them were killed. (AP Photo / Joseph Odelyn, file)

Once at the house, Carmona said, a group of policemen would have surrendered despite being armed: “There were between four and five policemen inside that office lying down, but alive, and they said: no, please, please, not like this ”.

A group of three ex-military men, the most experienced, would have entered the president’s room, but it was Víctor Pineda who would have shot Moïse, according to the ex-military Naiser Franco Castañeda and Jheyner Carmona. “I want you to simply write down a surname there and you are already investigating it to see if it is true or not: Pineda,” Carmona said.

After the assassination of the president, they sought millions of dollars

Colombian ex-military
Police carry the casket with the remains of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse at the start of the funeral on Friday, July 23, 2021, at his family estate in Cap Haitien, Haiti. (AP Photo / Matías Delacroix)

According to Rivera’s account, after the death of the president of Haiti, they searched for documents, surveillance cameras and millions of dollars of which they had been previously warned.

The ex-military did not have an escape plan, but rather a supposed plan to replace the government and, according to what they said, they believed that they had the support of the judicial and police authorities. “Capador was taking us to the (presidential) Palace, because in the Palace they were going to protect us there, and the Police were there and they were going to protect us,” said Yarce.

Colombians knew what the end goal was

Ivan Duque
Photo: AP

Colombian President Iván Duque reiterated to the press on Thursday that all the Colombians captured in Haiti had participated in the attack, although a majority group could have been deceived.

“The truth is that at the time of the events, from everyone’s testimonies, they knew what they were getting to. Obviously, due process has to be exhausted according to Haitian justice, but the information that circulates is the same that we share and that is that there was definitely knowledge of what the final objective was, ”said Duque, who also asked the Haitian justice to give with the whereabouts of the masterminds of the murder. So far, the Haitian police have arrested more than 40 suspects, but it is not yet clear who the mastermind behind the assassination was. Among those arrested there are, in addition to the 18 former Colombian soldiers, 20 Haitian policemen.

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