Haiti Police Hold President’s Palace Security Chief

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The head of palace safety for President Jovenel Moïse, who was assassinated final week at his house by a group of armed males in an assault that has shaken an already fragile nation, was taken into police custody on Thursday.

The detention of the safety chief for the presidential palace, Dimitri Hérard, was confirmed by Marie Michelle Verrier, a spokeswoman for Haiti’s National Police.

Mr. Hérard was considered one of 4 members of the president’s safety personnel whom the state prosecutor was planning to name in for questioning earlier this week, as questions remained over how the attackers managed to enter the closely guarded house.

The head of the presidential guard and two different high bodyguards had additionally been referred to as in for questioning, Bedford Claude, the chief public prosecutor in Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital, stated earlier this week. He had issued summons for the 4 to seem as a part of the investigation into the assassination.

Mr. Hérard’s detention comes as questions have begun to be raised concerning the response of safety guards after two dozen armed mercenaries opened fireplace after driving as much as the president’s house in a number of automobiles, and entered the residence after being met with little resistance.

Last week, Mr. Hérard declined to answer questions from The New York Times, texting: “Unfortunately, after consulting with my lawyer, I am not in a position to comment on this at the very moment as this is an open investigation and a matter of national security.”

When requested, he didn’t present the identify of his lawyer.