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Sat Jul 10, 2021, 07:04 PM

Colombians held in Haitian president's assassination claim ties to Miami-area security firm

JULY 10, 2021 03:38 PM, UPDATED 36 MINUTES AGO

The Miami area is looming ever larger as investigators question the men held in the plot to assassinate Haitian President Jovenel Moïse.

Seventeen Colombians and two Haitian Americans from South Florida are in custody in Haiti. A person who interviewed the detained Colombians in Haiti told the Miami Herald that the men claimed to have been recruited to do work in Haiti by an under-the-radar firm in Doral called CTU Security. It is run by a Venezuelan émigré, Antonio Enmanuel Intriago Valera.

This screenshot from the Facebook page of Venezuelan emigre Antonio Intriago shows that he opposes the Maduro regime in Venezuela. Captured Colombians accused of participating in the July 7, 2021, assassination of Haiti’s president claim they were hired by Intriago’s Doral-based company CTU Security. Relatives of the detained say they were there to provide security for wealthy people.

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Multiple sources in Haiti, requesting anonymity for their safety, have confirmed to the Herald that the detained men said they were hired by CTU, and several of the men indicated they had been in Haiti for at least three months, some longer. It is unclear if they knew or believed CTU leaders were aware of the assassination plot.

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Solages worked as a maintenance director at a senior-living center in Lantana until this past April 12. Little is known about the other man but documents obtained Saturday show his name may have been reversed in the Haitian proceedings and that it is really Joseph Gertand Vincent. His sparse public footprint shows he was indicted in 1999 for making a false statement on a passport application and given probation.


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Sat Jul 10, 2021, 07:22 PM

1. Colombians held in assassination of Haitian president say they were hired by Miami-area company

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Florida license records show Intriago is state licensed to provide security services and carry a firearm. He has few other fingerprints in public records, except for one detainee filed against him in 2011.
Intriago has a website that shows it as a wholesaler and retailer of safety equipment.

“As a representative of large and important manufacturers of security and safety devices around the world, our goal is to provide first-class personalized products and services to law enforcement and military units, as well as to industrial customers, ”the company said in its About Us section. .

Known in circles of Venezuelan expatriates in South Florida, Intriago is said to boast of his police past in the South American country. Sometimes, said someone who knew him but did not want to be identified in the growing story, Intriago claimed to have connections or to have worked directly for US agencies.

One person claiming to have known him in Venezuela said Intriago worked in a small office in Doral, where he would boast of being a paid mercenary and special forces coordinator, but most people did not take these claims to account. serious.
The source, who requested anonymity to speak freely, said Intriago is also known to provide firearms, gun parts, and military and police equipment such as protective vests. bullets.

Public records show him in a small, gated, three-bedroom residence a few blocks from I-95 near Miami Northwestern High. Venezuela’s voter database shows he remains registered to vote there through the Miami Consulate.

Intriago’s Facebook page provides a bit of a timeline. Showing him appearing to arrive in the US around 2009 and initially working with alarm systems. His social media presence is largely apolitical, with the exception of a few posts against the Venezuelan government and one in favor of Juan Guaidó, the Venezuelan lawmaker whom the Trump administration has recognized as the legitimate leader of the oil-rich country.


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Sat Jul 10, 2021, 10:38 PM

2. Report: Colombians Implicated In Assassination Of Haitian President Recruited By Doral Security Firm

By CBSMiami.com TeamJuly 10, 2021 at 6:27 pm

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Captured Colombian nationals accused of participating in the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise said they were recruited by a security firm in Doral called CTU Security, according to CBS4 News partner, the Miami Herald.

The armed group are “professional killers,” consisting of more than two dozen people, including two American citizens and retired members of the Colombian military, authorities said.

But as more details begin to emerge of the people who allegedly killed Moise, little is known about the suspected masterminds and their motivation for the attack.

Police have so far arrested 20 suspects in connection to the fatal shooting and a mass, countrywide manhunt is underway for at least five additional suspects. Police previously said that 28 people are suspected in the assassination.


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July 10, 2021
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Colombian ex-soldier killed in Haiti was hired as bodyguard, sister says
Luis Jaime Acosta

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BOGOTA, July 10 (Reuters) - A Colombian former soldier killed during a gun battle with Haitian police and accused of involvement in the assassination of President Jovenel Moise had been hired as a bodyguard, his sister said on Saturday.

Haitian authorities said Moise was killed early on Wednesday by foreign, trained assassins: 26 Colombians and two Haitian Americans.

But at least two relatives of the Colombians have raised doubts over the authorities' report in comments to journalists, saying the men had been hired as bodyguards.

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Colombian officials acknowledge former soldiers are often recruited to work as mercenaries in other countries.

The South American country's nearly 60 years of conflict have provided a prolific training ground for soldiers. Many retire as early as in their 40s.


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Sat Jul 10, 2021, 10:38 PM

3. Mercenaries: The Sinister Export From Colombia's Conflict

By Juan Sebastian SERRANO
07/09/21 AT 11:52 PM

Some fight in Yemen or Afghanistan, others guard oil pipelines in the United Arab Emirates; and yet more turned up in Haiti this week, where they are accused of assassinating the president.
Hardened by more than half a century of conflict back home, retired Colombian soldiers and illegal combatants feed the sinister market of mercenaries around the world.

Some 26 Colombians have been accused of taking part in the pre-dawn murder of president Jovenel Moise on Wednesday that also left his wife Martine wounded.

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In 2004, Venezuelan authorities detained "153 Colombian paramilitaries" they accused of taking part in a plan to assassinate then-president Hugo Chavez.

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A woman who claimed to be the wife of Francisco Eladio Uribe, one of the captured Colombians, said a company offered her husband $2,700 to join the unit.
Uribe retired from the army in 2019 and was embroiled in the "false positives" scandal investigated by authorities, in which soldiers executed 6,000 civilians between 2002 and 2008 to pass them off as enemy combatants in order to gain bonuses.

In May 2011, the New York Times newspaper revealed that an airplane carrying dozens of Colombian ex-soldiers arrived in Abu Dhabi to join an army of mercenaries hired by the US firm Blackwater to guard important Emirati assets.


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Mercenaries: The Sinister Export From Colombia's ConflictEx-Colombian Soldiers' Arrests Add To The Mystery Around The Haiti Assassination

July 10, 202112:41 PM ET

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The Center for Analysis and Research on Human Rights, an independent Haitian organization, has questioned how the assassins could so easily gain entry to the president's bedroom and carry out their attack without killing or injuring any member of the presidential guard.

Indeed, Steven Benoit, an opposition senator in Haiti, blamed Moïse's security detail for the attack that left the president riddled with bullets and his left eye gouged out. First lady Martine Moïse was also injured in the attack and is now recovering in a Florida hospital. Moïse "was assassinated by his security agents," Benoit told reporters in Haiti. "It wasn't the Colombians."

Jean Mary Exil, Haiti's ambassador to Colombia, told Bogotá's El Tiempo newspaper that the Colombians were not the masterminds and added that whoever was behind the assassination may try to have the detained army vets killed to prevent them from giving testimony to Haitian authorities.


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Sun Jul 11, 2021, 01:09 AM

4. Details of the security company in Miami that would have hired the mercenaries detained in Haiti

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Haitians gather outside the US embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, amid rumors on radio and social media that the United States will issue exile and humanitarian visas, two days after Haitian President Jovenel Moise left murdered in his home. (AP Photo / Joseph Odelyn) - Photo: AP

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SEMANA spoke with Giovanna Arelis Romero Dussan, wife of retired Army First Sergeant Mauricio Javier Romero, who died in Haiti, in confusing events in that country. The woman recounted the last moments she spent in the company of her partner before never hearing from him again.

“Mauricio, when boarding his flight at the airport, took a photo of his ticket saying that he was going to Santo Domingo and that was the information that we knew, we had no knowledge that he was in another country, we always believed in communications; he did not give details of where he was, "he said.

The Herald also reveals that the CTU company is registered as a Counter-Terrorism Unit, being also a federal academy and that it was created only in 2019, in the company's records also appears Arcángel Pretel Ortiz, a citizen who had also had a signature own security and that it was liquidated.

Intriago's company has permits to carry firearms and provide security services, and the media verified that it was also a supplier of other types of military and police elements, such as bulletproof vests, ammunition, spare parts and other types of articles. However, due to the firm's short history and lack of recognition in the state of Florida, it is believed that it did not have the financial muscle to train dozens of mercenaries who broke into Moïse's residence and assassinated him.

Faced with this type of information, the Haitian government minister, Mathias Pierre, asked the United States and the United Nations (UN) to send troops to protect its ports, airport and other strategic sites, after the assassination of the president.

“We think that the mercenaries [who are accused of the crime] could destroy some infrastructure to create chaos in the country. During a conversation with the Secretary of State of the United States and the UN, we made this request, ”the official told The New York Times .

In his speech he added that "the group that financed the mercenaries wants to create chaos in the country, attack gas reserves and the airport could be part of the plan."



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