Two Haitian Americans Among Those Captured After Assassinating the President of Haiti

Authorities say that at least two Haitian Americans are among the six persons captured in battle, following the killing of Haiti’s president on Wednesday.

Mathias Pierre, Haiti’s director of elections, named James Solages as being one of the two Haitian Americans. He didn’t give any more information on Solages’ history or the identity of the other Haitian Americans.

The four additional men, Pierre told the Associated Press, are Colombians. He stated the eldest suspect is 55 years old and the younger, Solages, is 35.

As per Haiti’s Director of the National Police Léon Charles, seven other accused attackers were shot in a confrontation with police.

On the site for a South Florida organization he founded in 2019, Solages presented himself as a licensed political diplomat, a juvenile champion, and a future leader.

Solages worked previously as security at the Canadian Consulate in Port au Prince, according to his campaign site for the organization. Solages earned a bachelor’s in IT, per his Linkedin profile. LinkedIn also lists his talents as security forces, technical plumbing, electrical, and electric repair.

A Violent Mob Took Justice Into Their Own Hands

Witnesses say a mob in Port-au-Prince found two suspects hiding in the bushes on Thursday. Some individuals seized the males by their clothing, pushed them, and slapped them around.

As the crowd ran after them, police arrested the men and loaded them into the back of a truck; this truck was then driven to a local police station.

Afterward, the mob set fire to many wrecked vehicles with bullet holes, believing they connected to the culprits.

At a press briefing on Thursday, Charles asked citizens to remain calm and let police perform their jobs; Charles also warned that the information they were burning was needed by authorities.

Authorities said the assault, which was denounced by Haiti’s main political parties and the global world, was conducted by a highly skilled and heavily equipped force.

The President was Brutally Murdered

According to the Haitian publication Le Nouvelliste, President Mose was shot 12 times in his office; meanwhile; his apartment was destroyed by a Haitian judge participating in the probe.

Judge Carl Henry Destin was reported in the media as stating that authorities discovered 5.56 and 7.62 mm casings between both the guardhouse and the home.

Temporary Prime Minister Claude Joseph (who took power in Haiti with the support of the security forces) invited citizens to open companies and return to work; he also commanded the airport terminal to open.

Mose had been governing by order for longer than a year; therefore, he faced large riots, as detractors suspected him of attempting to hold on to power. The minority insisted he resign, hence Haiti became increasingly dangerous.

As per Haiti’s law, Mose should be succeeded by the president of the court; however, the chief justice recently died of COVID-19, leaving the question open as to who should be the true successor.

Ariel Henry, a physician who was named Prime Minister by Mose a day before the murder, was set to succeed Joseph.