Haiti police recognize former judge as a suspect in ex-presidents killing

Haiti police recognize former judge as a suspect in ex-president’s killing. 

Haitian police are investigating what role a former Supreme Court judge may have played in the assassination of the Haitian president following the new events announced on Friday, Reuters reported.

However, a spokesman for the Haitian National Police said they had arrested one suspect in connection with President Jovenel Moïse. Haitian Americans and Colombian mercenaries revealed to police that they had visited former Supreme Court Justice Wendelle Coq-Thelot several times, the cable service reported.

“Several of them have indicated that they have been to Ms Coq’s house twice,” National Police spokeswoman Marie Michelle Verrier told reporters. “These people gave (the police) details of the documents signed during the meetings at Ms. Coq’s home.”

Earlier this year, Moïse claimed that a coup was underway to overthrow the government and kill it. He said in February that police had arrested at least 20 people in connection with the alleged plot, The Associated Press reported.

Reuters noted that Coq-Thelot was one of three judges who ultimately removed from office connected with the allegations.

Verrier told reporters that several residences, including Coq-Thelot’s, had been raided and that police had issued an arrest warrant earlier this week.

Reuters was unable to confirm Coq-Thelot’s whereabouts or reach her for comment.

It is the latest development to shake the country as police continue to investigate who was behind the death of Moïse, who was killed at his private residence earlier this month.

The immediate aftermath of the murder led to confusion over who was running the country. At the same time, the government has also faced several crises, including gang violence, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Atlantic hurricane season.

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