Haitian Ex-Intelligence Officer Gave Order to Kill President, Colombia Says

Colombian officers on Friday recognized a former Haitian intelligence official as the person who ordered two former Colombian troopers to kill Haiti’s president, Jovenel Moïse, this month.

The ex-intelligence official, Joseph Felix Badio, had first advised two Colombian troopers that they might be “arresting” the president, Gen. Jorge Luis Vargas, the pinnacle of Colombia’s nationwide police, mentioned at a information convention.

But a couple of days earlier than the operation, he mentioned, the plan modified. Mr. Badio advised the previous troopers, Duberney Capador and Germán Alejandro Rivera Garcia, that “what they had to do was assassinate the president of Haiti,” General Vargas mentioned.

Colombian officers didn’t describe the supply of the data. Earlier this week Colombian intelligence and international ministry officers advised The New York Times that that they had not been in a position to interview the Colombian suspects.

Haitian police have issued a “wanted” discover for Mr. Badio’s arrest, accusing him of homicide. The Haitian police additionally accuse him of organizing logistics, procuring autos and coordinating the operation of the assassination squad.