December 6, 2023

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The suspect in the assassination in Haiti is transferred to prison

The suspect in the assassination in Haiti is transferred to prison

The lawyer held a hearing on Tuesday with investigating judge Walter Visser Voltaire, and was then detained in the national prison where about 40 people were arrested two years ago, including twenty former Colombian soldiers accused of committing the crime and police officers belonging to it. Presidential Guard.

Badiou was arrested last Thursday in a supermarket in the capital, two years after an arrest warrant was issued for his alleged connection to the assassination. The police offered a reward of six million gourdes (about 46 thousand dollars) for information leading to his arrest.

The former anti-corruption unit agent is charged with murder, attempted murder and armed robbery.

He is alleged to have been the mastermind behind the attack in which Moise was shot 12 times and died from his wounds, while his wife, Martine Etienne, was shot and seriously injured.

According to an investigation conducted by the Central Directorate of Judicial Police, Badio coordinated with various actors involved, including former Supreme Court Justice Wendell Thelot Cook, former Senator John Joel Joseph and former Colombian soldiers who committed the crime.

For his part, the former parliamentarian pleaded guilty earlier this month in the United States to a charge of conspiring with others to provide material support and resources to kidnap or kill a person outside that country.

So far, 11 people have been arrested and formally charged with violating US laws and conspiring to assassinate Moise, three of whom have pleaded guilty and one has been sentenced to life in prison.

But in Haiti, although about 40 people were arrested, none of them were formally charged.

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This Tuesday, upon his return from Mexico where he participated in a summit on migration, Prime Minister Ariel Henry congratulated the police on Badiou’s arrest and stressed that this was a major step forward in the investigation.