Joe Biden’s administration will send federal law enforcement officials to Haiti to help after the assassination of President Jovenel Moise.
“The United States remains engaged and in close consultation with our Haitian and international partners to support the Haitian people in the aftermath of the assassination of the president,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said.
In response to a Haitian government request, senior officials from the FBI and Department of Homeland Security will be sent to Port-au-Prince to assess the situation and see how to best assist, she said.
Strengthening Haiti’s law enforcement capacity was a key U.S. priority even before the assassination, Psaki said.
Police and intelligence agencies in the United States and Colombia are investigating links to the assassination on Wednesday of Moise after arrests of their nationals by Haitian authorities.
The United States is providing $5 million to strengthen the Haitian National Police capacity to work with communities to resist gangs, Psaki said.
The United States also will send COVID-19 vaccines to Haiti as early as next week, she said.
A report from Zero Hedge has more on the situation:
One of the most critical questions investigators should be asking is what motivated the two Americans to commit such a heinous act on foreign soil.
Reuters points out Solages described himself as a “certified diplomatic agent” and the former “chief commander of bodyguards” for the Canadian embassy in Haiti.
Florida records show Solages has security officer and firearm licenses. He also runs a company called FWA SA A JACMEL AVAN INC, which defines itself as a charity supporting impoverished children in Haiti.
Out of the two dozen Colombians, 17 of them were ex-soldiers, police say.
“So what motived the two Americans and more than two dozen Colombians to perform such a brazen assassination of the Haitian president? Was it money?” the Zero Hedge report asked.
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