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Former Columbian military official arrested in connection to assassination of Haitian President

Former Columbian military official, Mario Antonio Palacios, has been arrested by Panama authorities under allegations of forming part of a mercenary group that assassinated Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise.

Palacios was detained during a stopover flight in Panama and asked to “voluntarily” board a flight to the US, the Hindu reports. After refusing the request, Panamanian officials told him that they would enforce an Interpol red notice issued by the US, which is addition to one Haiti had already issued.

There has been no immediate comments by lawyers for Palacios or Interpol.

President Moise was assassinated in his home on 8 July and his wife left with serious injuries. Yesterday, the Guardian reported that Haiti’s new Prime Minister Ariel Henry was forced to flee the northern city of Gonaïves after a shootout between his security forces and an armed group that had warned the leader not to set foot in the city.

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