The sister of one of the alleged Colombian contract killers accused of assassinating the Haitian president insisted on her innocence and vowed to erase the name of her deceased brother, as a potentially destabilizing power struggle gripped from the Caribbean country.
Duberney Capador, a retired Colombian special forces member, was one of two Colombians who were reportedly killed by Haitian security forces last week after the assassination of Jovenel Moïse in Port-au-Prince. More than a dozen citizens of the South American country have so far been arrested, along with two Haitian Americans.
Haitian authorities say Capador was part of a 28-member squad that stormed Moïse’s presidential compound in the early hours of last Wednesday before shooting him to death – a sensational tale now being the subject of scrutiny, both in Haiti and abroad.
Capador’s sister told reporters her 40-year-old brother was not a paid assassin but had traveled to Port-au-Prince after being hired by a private security company to help protect people. “important people”. “He’s not a mercenary, he’s a good man,” Jenny Capador said in a meeting with the Colombian newspaper El Tiempo.
Capador said she exchanged messages with her brother in the hours following the murder of Moses, which allegedly took place at around 1 a.m. on Wednesday. She said he told her his team “came too late to protect the person they were supposed to protect.” “I guess it was the president,” she speculated, adding that her brother told her her group was subsequently surrounded by police.
Talk to CNN Capador added: “He told me that they were in a house, under siege and under fire, fighting… I am 100% sure of the innocence of my brother and his comrades.
Haitian police said a 16th Colombian suspect was captured on Saturday and continued to hunt down five other “bad guys” whom they suspected were involved in the bizarre and brazen attack. The last man arrested was called Gersaín Mendivelso Jaimes, another former member of the Colombian military who had served at the Naval Hospital in Cartagena, on the country’s Caribbean coast. El Tiempo said authorities believed Mendivelso helped recruit the Colombian group, which traveled to Haiti via the Dominican Republic, but the exact nature of their mission remains a mystery.
A report in Colombian magazine Semana, citing an anonymous source, suggested that the former Colombian soldiers had traveled to Haiti after being hired to protect Moses, who had reportedly received death threats, and not to assassinate him. Semana published excerpts from a WhatsApp message sent by one of the imprisoned Colombians – a former army sergeant called Ángel Mario Yarce – in which he explained to his wife that their job was to provide close protection to high-profile dignitaries.
In Haiti, questions have been raised about the role of Moïse’s personal bodyguards – none of whom were reportedly injured in the alleged raid on his hillside mansion.
Steven Benoit, a prominent opposition politician and former senator, told local Magik9 radio on Friday: “The president was assassinated by his own guards, not the Colombians.
The murder of Moïse threatens to worsen an already desperate situation in Haiti, which faced a political stalemate, economic turmoil, a wave of kidnappings and violence, and an accelerating Covid crisis. In the aftermath of the president’s assassination, at least three politicians attempted to claim leadership over the crisis-stricken nation, whose postcolonial history is a patchwork of failed foreign interventions, vicious and corrupt dictatorships and disasters. natural causes such as the devastating earthquake of 2010 which killed around 200,000 people.
The outgoing Prime Minister of Haiti, Claude Joseph, who had been removed from his post in the days leading up to the assassination of Moïse, declared himself interim leader until the elections scheduled for September and was recognized by countries including the United States.
But two other politicians – Senate chief Joseph Lambert and the man Moses intended to install as prime minister, a neurosurgeon called Ariel Henry – said they should be in the driver’s seat.
“His way of acting could put the country in danger. We could have a lot of violence, ”warned Henry of Joseph’s attempt to claim power by a meeting with the Washington Post.
While the true identity of Moses’ executioners remains murky, even less is known about the masterminds of the crime. In a statement posted on social media on Saturday, Martine Moïse, the late president’s wife, blamed her murder on obscure enemies with political motives she did not identify.
“This act has no name because you have to be a limitless criminal to assassinate a president like Jovenel Moïse, without even giving him the chance to say a single word,” she declared.
“You know who the president was fighting against,” she said, without elaborating further.