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Police arrest Haitian President Moise's security coordinator as part of the investigation into his assassination

 The Haitian National Police announced that it had arrested the security coordinator of the late president, Jovenel Moise, as part of the investigation into his assassination on July 7.

"I can confirm that Jean-Laguel Seville was arrested on Monday by the police as part of the investigation into the assassination of President Jovenel Moise," police spokeswoman Marie-Michel Ferrier told AFP.

Jean-Laguel-Seville was initially placed in isolation at the General Inspectorate, and is now behind bars in a prison in the Delmas region near Port-au-Prince. He is suspected of being involved in the plot that led to the murder of President Moyes at his home by an armed commando.

The capital's government commissioner, Claude Ford, had earlier asked immigration departments to prevent four members of the Haitian National Police, responsible for the president's security, from leaving the country.

They are Police Commissioner Dimitri Herrard, head of the Public Security Unit at the National Palace, Police Commissioner Leander Pierre Othman, in charge of the Presidential Security Unit, Paul Eddy, the chief inspector in charge of an elite unit tasked with protecting the president, as well as Jean-Laguel Seville, the general coordinator of presidential security.

As part of the investigation into the assassination of the president, the police on Monday also issued a search warrant targeting Wendell Cook Thiloh, a judge at the Court of Cassation, the country's highest judicial body. The judge was referred to retirement by a decision of Moise.

Haiti's new prime minister, Ariel Henry, promised to bring Moise's killers to justice.

The people were shocked that the people charged with protecting the president and his residence had let him down. The impoverished Caribbean nation suffers from crime and the presence of powerful gangs, problems that were exacerbated during Moyes' presidency.

More than 20 people, mostly Colombians, have been arrested, and police say the plot was orchestrated by Haitians with political ambitions and foreign relations.

President Jovenel Moise was assassinated by a group of gunmen at his residence on Wednesday, July 7, 2021.


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