(CMR) A former Colombian soldier who is said to be a major player in the assassination of Haiti's President Jovenel Moïse has been arrested in Jamaica. Former Colombian military officer Mario Anthonio Palacios Palacios, who is wanted by INTERPOL, is being held for illegal entry but is likely to be extradited to face charges in Moise's murder.
President Jovenel Moïse was killed in an attack on his home in Haiti in July. His wife was also seriously injured in the attack and was flown to the US for treatment. She has since returned to the country.
According to Jamaican local news media, it is not clear when the former Colombian military officer was arrested or how he entered the country; however, the police have established that he did not enter through the formal system.
The Jamaica Constabulary Force said in a statement: “The Jamaica Constabulary Force can confirm that an individual alleging to be a Colombian national has been arrested in Jamaica on immigration breaches. He has subsequently become the subject of an INTERPOL Red Notice as of today, October 21, 2021. We are working with our international partners in line with our established treaties and protocols.”
Over 40 persons including several former Colombia military personnel have been arrested in relation to the killing of Haiti's president.
A hit squad reportedly stormed Moïse's private residence in the middle of the night on July 7, yelling that they were part of a US Drug Enforcement Administration operation. The president was reportedly tortured.