Colombian man charged for assassination of Haitian Prez

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According to the Justice Department, Palacios, 43, was involved in the plot that initially sought to kidnap and arrest Jovenal but ended up with the intention and plan to kill him, according to the release….reports Asian Lite News

The US charged Colombian national Mario Palacios with conspiracy to commit murder or kidnapping in connection with the assassination, the Justice Department said on Tuesday.

“As alleged in the complaint, which was unsealed today, these charges relate to the July 7, 2021, assassination of the former President of Haiti, Jovenel Moise, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti,” the department said in a statement. “As alleged, the defendant and others, including a group of approximately 20 other Colombian citizens and a group of Haiti-based dual Haitian-American citizens, participated in a plot to kidnap or kill the Haitian President.”

According to the Justice Department, Palacios, 43, was involved in the plot that initially sought to kidnap and arrest Jovenal but ended up with the intention and plan to kill him, according to the release.

“Palacios, 43, is charged with conspiracy to commit murder or kidnapping outside the United States and providing material support resulting in death, knowing or intending that such material support would be used to prepare for or carry out the conspiracy to kill or kidnap,” the release said.

He allegedly travelled with a co-conspirator to the United States on June 28, 2021, to solicit help to pull off the assassination, according to the Justice Department.

The person Palacios travelled with, a Haitian-American citizen, was arrested by Haitian authorities and remains in custody in that island nation. US officials said Palacios eluded arrest and travelled to Jamaica. After being deported from Jamaica, and during a layover in Panama, he agreed to travel to the United States.

He is currently in custody and is set to have his initial appearance in court later today.

Palacios, who was handed over to the US officials on Tuesday, was detained on Monday night at the Tocumen International Airport in Panama City, after his deportation flight from Jamaica to Colombia made a stopover. His arrest obeyed an Interpol warrant apparently requested by the US.

Sources said that upon arriving in Panama, the suspect indicated his willingness to surrender to the authorities to be sent to the US, Xinhua news agency reported.

Palacios was arrested in October in Jamaica, where he reportedly entered illegally from the Dominican Republic.

Palacios faces up to life imprisonment if he is convicted. (ANI/Sputnik)

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