Grisly new details emerge about President's assassination

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Grisly new details have emerged about the moment Haiti President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated in his home.

The leader was shot dead on Wednesday (local time) and his wife seriously injured after gunmen stormed his home in Port au Prince

Chilling video showed masked men holding weapons outside the President's home before it is plunged into darkness and a number of gunshots are heard. 

Masked gunmen are seen outside the home of Haiti President Jovenel Moise before he was assassinated.
Masked gunmen outside the President's home before the assassination. Source: Twitter

A Haitian judge involved in the investigation said that Moïse was shot a dozen times and his office and bedroom were ransacked, according to the Haitian newspaper Le Nouvelliste. 

It quoted Judge Carl Henry Destin as saying investigators found 5.56 and 7.62 mm cartridges between the gatehouse and inside the house.

Moïse’s daughter, Jomarlie Jovenel, hid in her brother’s bedroom during the attack, he said, and a maid and another worker were tied up by the attackers.

Destin also told local media the President had one eye "gouged out" and was found laying on his back with 12 large wounds. 

Jovenel Moise, Haiti's president, listens during an interview in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti.
Jovenel Moise was found with 12 large wounds. Source: Getty

Suspect a former bodyguard

Two men believed to be Haitian Americans — one of them purportedly a former bodyguard at the Canadian Embassy in Port au Prince — have been arrested in connection with the assassination of Haiti’s President, Haitian officials said Thursday (local time). 

James Solages and Joseph Vincent were among 17 suspects detained in the brazen killing of Moïse by gunmen at his home. 

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Fifteen of them are from Colombia, according to Léon Charles, chief of Haiti's National Police. He added that three other suspects were killed by police and eight others are on the run. Charles had earlier said seven were killed.

“We are going to bring them to justice,” he said as the 17 suspects sat handcuffed on the floor during a press conference Thursday night.

Late Thursday, Colombia’s government said six of the suspects in Haiti, including two of those killed, were retired member of Colombia's army, though it didn’t release their identities.

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