According to a report, Haitian President Jovenel Moïse attempted to call security forces for about 10 minutes to stop the raid on his home earlier this month before he was assassinated.
The Miami Herald reported that Moïse called the Haitian National Police Commissioner and urged him to “mobilize people.”
According to the report, about 10 minutes passed and there were no signs of security reinforcements on site. At one point, he called a “tactically trained officer” from the National Forces.
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“I need your help now!” he said, according to the paper. ‘My life is in danger. Come quickly, come save my life.’
There was silence and then the sound of an assault rifle, the report said. When it was over, Moise was sprawled on the floor of his bedroom. He had been shot in the forehead, chest, hip and abdomen and his left eye had gone out.
The suspected killers were Haitians, Haitian-Americans and former Colombian soldiers. The shooting took place on July 7 at Moïse’s home in Port-au-Prince.
The attack on the 53-year-old “was carried out by foreign mercenaries and professional assassins – well orchestrated,” and that they posed as agents of the US Drug Enforcement Administration, Bocchit Edmond, the Haitian ambassador to the US, said.
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The paper said it spoke with the McClatchy Washington Bureau with “at least three people” who received calls from the president’s home that morning. The paper said it is still a mystery how the team managed to get past several layers of security in the house.
None of the president’s guards were injured.
“If I send you to protect a president, I’m not sending you to live, I’m sending you to die to protect him,” a member of the security service told the newspaper.
So far, police have arrested more than 20 suspects they say were directly involved in the murder, including a contingent of former Colombian special forces soldiers. Other suspects were killed by authorities as they approached.
The Associated Press contributed to this report