Two 'hitmen' suspected of helping to assassinate Haiti's president both worked for a Miami-based security firm that paid staff $2,700-a-month to 'provide protection for powerful individuals' on the island, it was claimed Saturday.
Haiti National Police believe 28 people were involved in Wednesday's raid that killed President Jovenel Moïse, 53, with 17 arrested, three dead and eight still at large.
The sister of one of the dead suspects, Duberney Capador, 40, said her brother, who retired from the Colombian army in 2019 with the rank of sergeant, was hired by a private security firm with the understanding he would be providing protection for powerful individuals in Haiti.
She said she knew nothing about his employer, but shared a photo of her brother emblazoned in the logo of CTU Security - a company based in Doral, a Miami suburb popular with Colombian migrants.
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Two suspects accused of helping to assassinate Haiti's president worked for a Miami firm called CTU Security. Pictured is its president, Tony Intriago. He has not been linked to the plot
CTU´s website lists two addresses, one of which is a gray-colored warehouse that was shuttered Friday with no sign indicating who it belonged to
The other is a small suite under a different company´s name in a modern office building a few blocks away
The wife of Francisco Uribe, who was among those arrested, told Colombia's W Radio that CTU offered to pay the men about $2,700 a month - a paltry sum for a dangerous international mission but far more than what most of the men, noncommissioned officers and professional soldiers, earned from their pensions.
CTU Security was registered in 2008 and lists as its president Antonio Intriago, who is also affiliated with several other Florida-registered entities, some of them since dissolved, including the Counter Terrorist Unit Federal Academy, the Venezuelan American National Council and Doral Food Corp.
CTU´s website lists two addresses, one of which is a gray-colored warehouse that was shuttered Friday with no sign indicating who it belonged to.
The other is a small suite under a different company´s name in a modern office building a few blocks away.
A receptionist at the office said Intriago stops by every few days to collect mail and hold meetings. Intriago, who is Venezuelan, did not return phone calls and an email seeking comment. He has not been linked to last week's events in Haiti.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Duberney Capador's sister Yenny said she last spoke to her brother late Wednesday - hours after Moïse´s murder - when the men, holed up in a home and surrounded, were desperately trying to negotiate their way out of a shootout.
American-Haitian James Solages, 35, (left) worked as a driver and bodyguard for a relief organization set up by Sean Penn (right, in Haiti) following the magnitude 7.0 quake that killed 300,000 Haitians and left tens of thousands homeless
Solages (left) and Joseph Vincent (right) are seen at a Thursday press conference where Haitian authorities paraded the detained suspects. The two US citizens allegedly claimed they were hired as translators in a plot to arrest the Haitian president but not to kill him
'He told me not to tell our mother, so she wouldn´t worry,' she said, fighting back tears.
'We are the ones who are most interested in clarifying what happened, so that my brother´s reputation does not remain like it is,' said Capador. 'He was a humble, hard-working man. He had honors and decorations.'
It´s not known who masterminded the attack. And numerous questions remain about how the perpetrators were able to penetrate the president´s residence posing as U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents, meeting little resistance from those charged with protecting the president.
Uribe is under investigation in the alleged murder of an unarmed civilian in 2008 who was presented as someone killed in combat, one of thousands of extrajudicial killings that rocked Colombia´s U.S.-trained army more than a decade ago.
Besides the Colombians, among those detained by police were two Haitian Americans, one of whom worked with Sean Penn after the star set up a charity to help rebuild the island after