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US Congress orders inquiry into Haitian president’s assassination

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The law, passed by the Senate Thursday night, gives the State Department three months to produce a report that is supposed to provide a detailed description circumstances surrounding this assassination.

This report must also examine whether there has been any interference in the official investigation into the president’s murder and whether any of its perpetrators may have been employed by the US government in the past.

Earlier this month, a former Colombian soldier accused of having been part of the group of about twenty men who killed Jovenel Moïse and seriously injured his wife in their presidential residence in Port-au-Prince, on July 7, 2021, been charged in the United States.

More than 40 people, including fifteen Colombians and Americans of Haitian origin, have already been arrested as part of the investigation.

The murder suspects are sitting on the ground, handcuffed.

Suspected members of the commando responsible for the death of President Jovenel Moïse were presented to the media during a press conference.

Photo: Reuters/STRINGER

But many questions remain as to the motivations behind this assassination, which has further plunged into uncertainty the Caribbean country plagued by poverty, insecurity and corruption.

We are deeply concerned that an unstable and corrupt Haitian government is authorizing or enabling further human rights abuses., said Senator Ben Cardin, one of the authors of the law, in a press release on Friday.

The law also calls for an investigation into a massacre in the slum of La Saline, Port-au-Prince in 2018, in which dozens of people died.

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