The honorary consul of Colombia in Haiti, Julio Santa, would have received threats for assisting the ex-military of his country who are deprived of liberty on the island, investigated as suspects of having carried out the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse on July 7, 2021 .
The complaint was disclosed to the international press on Tuesday by the Foreign Minister and Vice President of Colombia, Marta Lucía Ramírez, who assured – without giving further details – that Santa has been a victim of attacks, he reviewed AP.
Since the Colombian ex-military were arrested for the assassination, the government of Iván Duque has mobilized to guarantee that their human rights are respected. For this reason, Santa has visited detainees in Port-au-Prince on several occasions and has served as a bridge with their families.
One of the main suspects in the assassination of the president of Haiti is arrested in the Dominican Republic
Lawyer Lorena Lázaro, who represents 15 of the ex-military in Colombia, told AP that the prisoners still do not have legal assistance in Haiti or a litigant to defend them, since they would not have the resources to pay for the expenses. In addition, he assured that the Duque government has not assumed the payment of the lawyers in Port-au-Prince, “despite the obligation it has.”
Since Moïse’s assassination, the political, economic and social crisis in the Caribbean country has worsened. Several people linked to the investigations have been threatenedOne of them even died, which led to the resignation of Judge Mathieu Chanlatte, who had been in charge of the assassination investigations.
On January 1, the Prime Minister of Haiti, Ariel Henry, and his entourage suffered an attack by one of the irregular armed groups operating on the island. Days later, two journalists were killed by these criminal groups.