US plans to send FBI, Homeland Security officials to Haiti

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US plans to send FBI, Homeland Security officials to Haiti

The US plans to send FBI agents and other federal investigators to Haiti at the country’s request after its president was assassinated earlier this week, the Biden administration said Friday.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that US officials have remained in close contact with Haitian authorities and will be sending agents from the bureau and Department of Homeland Security to assist Haitian authorities in their probe.

“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,” Psaki said.

Haiti’s president, Jovenel Moïse, was shot to death in a daring, pre-dawn raid Wednesday morning allegedly carried out by a 28-member hit squad made up of a number of Colombians and two Americans, officials said.

Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was shot and killed earlier this week.
Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was shot and killed earlier this week.
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Police guard detained suspects in the assassination of Haiti's President.
Police guard detained suspects in the assassination of Haiti’s President.
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Citizens take part in a protest near the police station of Petion Ville after Haitian president Jovenel Moïse was murdered on July 08, 2021.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the US would be sending agents to aid Haiti.
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Suspects in the assassination of Haiti's President Jovenel Moise, among them Haitian-American citizens James Solages, left, and Joseph Vincent.
Suspects in the assassination of Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise, among them Haitian-American citizens James Solages, left, and Joseph Vincent.
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After their arrests Thursday, the Americans, James Solages and Joseph Vincent, claimed to a judge investigating the murder that they were only there to act as translators for other members of the hit team, the New York Times reported.

The pair also told the judge that the hit squad had worked for a month to plan the raid — and met repeatedly in a ritzy hotel in suburban Port-au-Prince.

The Americans also claimed to the judge that the squad did not intend to kill Moïse and instead wanted to arrest him and bring him to the presidential palace.

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