Haitian presidential security chief arrested over assassination

Members of the Haitian police and forensics look for evidence outside of the presidential residence on July 7, 2021 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Haiti President Jovenel Moise was assassinated and his wife wounded early July 7, 2021 in an attack at their home, the interim prime minister announced, an act that risks further destabilizing the Caribbean nation beset by gang violence and political volatility. Claude Joseph said he was now in charge of the country and urged the public to remain calm, while insisting the police and army would ensure the population's safety.The capital Port-au-prince as quiet on Wednesday morning with no extra security forces on patrol, witnesses reported.
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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Haitian police said Monday they had arrested the head of Jovenel Moise's security as part of the ongoing investigation into the president's July 7 assassination. 

Security chief Jean Laguel Civil is suspected of involvement in the plot to that saw Moise killed at his home in the middle of the night by armed commandos who bypassed the president's guards without firing a shot.

Civil had already been placed in solitary confinement at a prison in Delmas, near Port-au-Prince.

"I can confirm that Jean Laguel Civil was arrested Monday by police as part of the investigation into the assassination of president Jovenel Moise," police spokesperson Marie Michelle Verrier told AFP.

Port-au-Prince Commissioner Me Bed-ford Claude had already ordered immigration authorities to prohibit four police officers, responsible for Moise's security, from leaving the country. 

Police on Monday also issued a warrant for Wendell Coq Thelot, a judge for the highest court in the country who had been fired by Moise. 

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Details of the assassination remain unclear, but newly installed Prime Minister Ariel Henry has promised to bring Moise's killers to justice.

Police have arrested some 20 Colombian mercenaries as part of the plot they say was organized by a group of Haitians with foreign ties. 

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