Several men accused of the assassination of the Haitian president trained at the military base of Georgia, according to the DoD – WSB-TV Channel 2
FORT BENNING, Georgia – Several men accused of the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel MoÃ¯se earlier this month completed a training program at a Georgian army base several years ago, according to the US Department of Defense.
Seven of the 25 men allegedly involved in the plot to kill the Haitian president reportedly underwent at least one “professional military training opportunity sponsored by the United States while previously serving in the Colombian army” between 2001 and 2015, a the DoD said in a statement. .
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Four of the men went through the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) at Fort Benning. Fort Benning is one of the largest US Army bases in the country and is located in central Georgia near Columbus.
DoD officials did not comment on how many people attended each course, but did list all the courses that at least one of the suspects attended at WHINSEC. These programs include leadership development for cadets, drug operations, professional development for non-commissioned officers and training for leaders of small units.
All WHINSEC courses also include training on human rights and ethics.
Officials say the suspects also attended less formal training seminars in Washington DC focused on specific topics, including “medicine, engineering, logistics, operations, maintenance, or other systems support.” weapons and support equipment, as well as general military operations training. . “
President MoÃ¯se was killed and his wife was injured by gunmen during a night raid on their home. Hours after the attack, police killed four suspects and arrested two more.
In the weeks following the attack, up to 25 people were suspected of having participated in the assassination.
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DoD officials have not identified suspects who participated in US-sponsored military training programs.
Fort Benning officials did not comment on the matter and emphasized Channel 2 Action News requests to return to the Ministry of Defense.
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