Police say they arrested Jovenel Moise’s security chief as part of the ongoing investigation into the July 7 murder.
Haitian police arrested the head of Jovenel Moise’s security team as part of the ongoing investigation into the president’s assassination on July 7.
Security chief Jean Laguel Civil is suspected of being involved in the plot that saw Moise murdered at his home in the middle of the night by armed commandos who bypassed the president’s guards without firing a single shot.
Civilian has been held in solitary confinement in a prison in Delmas, near the capital, Port-au-Prince.
“I can confirm that Jean Laguel Civil was arrested by the police on Monday as part of the investigation into the assassination of President Jovenel Moise,” police spokeswoman Marie Michelle Verrier told the AFP news agency.
Civil’s attorney, Reynold Georges, also confirmed his arrest to The Associated Press news agency on Monday. He called for the arrest of his client on political grounds.
It was not immediately clear if Civil had been charged with anything.
Civil joins the more than 12 suspects that the police have arrested.
Port-au-Prince Commissioner Bed-Ford Claude had already ordered immigration authorities to ban four police officers responsible for Moise’s security from leaving the country.
On Monday, police also issued an arrest warrant for Wendelle Coq Thelot, a judge at the country’s highest court who Moise had fired.
The details of the murder remain unclear, but new Prime Minister Ariel Henry has vowed to bring Moise’s killers to justice.
Police also arrested about 20 Colombian citizens as part of the plot that they say was organized by a group of Haitians with ties to abroad.