Colombian suspects arrested in connection with the assassination of Haiti’s president have claimed that they were framed and forced to make testimonies under threat of violence.
In an interview with CNN, five of the 44 suspects claimed that they have been framed and that they are innocent.
“We were idiots used for someone else. But we don’t commit this crime,” said the suspects.
The suspects said they were ex-soldiers in the Colombian army who were hired by a US-based private security company known as CTU Security and that they would be paid between $2,700 and $3,000 a month before the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse.
“We were told that we were going to provide security for a Haitian presidential candidate. We had no idea what was going to happen,” said one of the suspects.
The suspects admitted they went to the presidential compound last July but did not disclose what actually happened, who was behind it, what they did during the shooting, and what happened after Moise was killed.
The suspects have not yet been charged while no formal testimony has been given because they reportedly did not have proper lawyers.
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