4 men arrested in the U.S. in assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse


4 men have been arrested Tuesday in Florida in reference to the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, officers mentioned.

Arcangel Pretel Ortiz, 50; Antonio Intriago 59; Walter Veintemilla, 54; and Frederick Bergmann, 64, are accused of partaking in a conspiracy to kill Moïse and exchange him as president, in line with the U.S. legal professional’s workplace for Southern Florida.

Three of the men are U.S. residents and one, Ortiz, is a Colombian nationwide and U.S. everlasting resident of Miami, the U.S. legal professional’s workplace mentioned.

With the arrests, a complete of 11 folks face prices in the Southern District of Florida in reference to the assassination.

Moïse died after he was shot 12 instances at his house close to the capital, Port-au-Prince, on July 7, 2021.

Ortiz and Intriago had monetary stakes in an organization referred to as Counter Terrorist Unit Safety (CTU), whereas Veintemilla was concerned with Worldwide Capital Lending Group, federal prosecutors mentioned. The men are accused of plotting to interchange Moïse with Christian Emmanuel Sanon to realize profitable contract offers with the authorities.

The federal prosecutor’s workplace alleges that Veintemilla agreed to assist fund the coup d’état by means of a $175,000 line of credit score to CTU. The co-conspirators would even be funded to purchase ammunition in Haiti, mentioned the workplace, which alleged that Ortiz and Intriago then employed 20 men by means of CTU to supply safety to Sanon.

Bergmann had private ties to Sanon and invested in the group, the prosecutor’s workplace mentioned. He’s accused of falsifying export documentation for 20 CTU-branded ballistic vests going from South Florida to Haiti.

“By June 2021, the plan developed as Ortiz, Intriago, Veintemilla and others apparently realized that Sanon had neither the constitutional {qualifications} nor the standard help of the Haitian folks to develop into President,” the federal prosecutor’s workplace mentioned Tuesday. “They shifted their help from Sanon to a former Haitian Supreme Court docket choose.”

Authorities have mentioned that the authentic plan was to detain Moïse, pressure him onto a aircraft and whisk him to an unidentified location however that the plot crumbled when suspects couldn’t discover a aircraft or ample weapons, in line with court docket paperwork.

Ortiz, Intriago and Veintemilla are charged with one rely every of conspiracy to supply materials help and sources to hold out a kidnapping or a killing ensuing in demise, offering materials help and sources to a conspiracy to kidnap or kill, ensuing in demise, and conspiracy to kill or kidnap an individual.

Bergmann was charged with one rely of conspiracy to commit export violations, submitting false and deceptive export info, and smuggling ballistic vests from the U.S. to Haiti.

Tama Kudman, Veintemilla’s legal professional, mentioned his consumer would plead not responsible.

Ortiz, Intriago and Bergmann are in federal custody and shouldn’t have attorneys listed for them in the court docket data. Sanon’s legal professional didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.


As the U.S. investigation into the tried coup pushes forward, the probe in Haiti is almost idle.

Three judges have stepped down from the case amid fears of reprisals, and a fourth one was dismissed. In the meantime, no court docket hearings have been held for the greater than 40 suspects arrested in Haiti, with many of them, together with 18 Colombian troopers, languishing in a severely overcrowded jail in Port-au-Prince that usually lacks meals and water.

Moïse’s demise has created an influence vacuum in Haiti that has allowed gangs to realize extra energy and management extra territory, with consultants estimating that they management 60% of Port-au-Prince.

A spike in kidnappings, rapes and killings has prompted Prime Minister Ariel Henry to demand the quick deployment of international troops. However the request in October has gone unheeded by the U.N. Safety Council, which has opted to implement sanctions to this point.

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