US Congress orders probe into Haiti leader’s assassination

The US Congress has ordered a probe into the July 2021 assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise amid continued unanswered questions in regards to the slaying.

The Senate voted unanimously Thursday to order the State Department to concern a report inside 180 days that would supply a “detailed description” of the circumstances surrounding Moise’s killing.

The report, already approved by the House of Representatives, would additionally take a look at whether or not there was interference within the official investigation and if anybody accountable was ever employed by the US authorities.

US prosecutors earlier this month charged a former Colombian soldier, Mario Palacios, within the plot to kidnap or kill Moise, an operation during which three Colombian mercenaries have been killed and others arrested.

Questions have remained on the motivations behind the killing of Moise, who had controversially prolonged his rule within the Caribbean nation.

Colombian police earlier mentioned that detained operatives contended they have been planning to seize Moise and hand him over to the US Drug Enforcement Administration.

The act authorized by Congress additionally requires the State Department to report on human rights and on the usage of help since a 2010 earthquake devastated the nation.

“We are greatly concerned that a Haitian government that is both unstable and corrupt will allow or enable additional human rights abuses,” mentioned Senator Ben Cardin, a sponsor of the act.

The act additionally requires an investigation and push for accountability over the bloodbath within the La Saline slum of Port-au-Prince in 2018 during which dozens of individuals died.

AFP

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