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World Miami security firm faces questions in Haiti assassination

10:56  15 july  2021
10:56  15 july  2021 Source:   msn.com

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MIAMI (AP) — For the owner of a small private security company with a history of avoiding paying debts and declaring bankruptcy, it looked like a good opportunity: Find people with military experience for a job in Haiti.

Leon Charles, left, Director General of Haiti's Police leaves a room after a news conference at police headquarters in Port-au-Prince, Wednesday, July 14, 2021. Charles gave an updated on the investigation of the  July 7 assassination of President Jovenel Moise. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) © Provided by Associated Press Leon Charles, left, Director General of Haiti's Police leaves a room after a news conference at police headquarters in Port-au-Prince, Wednesday, July 14, 2021. Charles gave an updated on the investigation of the July 7 assassination of President Jovenel Moise. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) A photo, altered to show the slain Haitian President Jovenel Moise weeping, and a national flag make up part of a memorial outside the presidential palace in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday, July 14, 2021, a week after Moise was assassinated in his home.(AP Photo/Joseph Odelyn) © Provided by Associated Press A photo, altered to show the slain Haitian President Jovenel Moise weeping, and a national flag make up part of a memorial outside the presidential palace in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday, July 14, 2021, a week after Moise was assassinated in his home.(AP Photo/Joseph Odelyn)

Antonio “Tony” Intriago, owner of Miami-based CTU Security, seems to have jumped at the chance, hiring more than 20 former soldiers from Colombia for the mission. Now the Colombians have been killed or captured in the aftermath of the July 7 assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, and Intriago's business faces questions about its role in the killing.

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On Wednesday evening, Léon Charles, head of the Haiti’s National Police, accused Intriago of traveling to Haiti numerous times as part of the assassination plot and of signing a contract while there, but provided no other details and offered no evidence.

“The investigation is very advanced,” Charles said.

A Miami security professional believes Intriago was too eager to take the job and did not push to learn details, leaving his contractors in the lurch. Some of their family members back in Colombia have said the men understood the mission was to provide protection for VIPs.

Three Colombians were killed and 18 are behind bars in Haiti, Colombia’s national police chief, Gen. Jorge Luis Vargas, told reporters in Bogota. Colombian diplomats in Haiti have not had access to them.

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Vargas has said that CTU Security used its company credit card to buy 19 plane tickets from Bogota to Santo Domingo for the Colombian suspects allegedly involved in the killing. One of the Colombians who was killed, Duberney Capador, photographed himself wearing a black CTU Security polo shirt.

Police work to clear a road blocked by rocks and tires set fire by protesters upset with growing violence in the Lalue neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday, July 14, 2021. Haitian President Jovenel Moise was assassinated on July 7. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) © Provided by Associated Press Police work to clear a road blocked by rocks and tires set fire by protesters upset with growing violence in the Lalue neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday, July 14, 2021. Haitian President Jovenel Moise was assassinated on July 7. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

Nelson Romero Velasquez, an ex-soldier and attorney who is advising 16 families of the Colombians held in Haiti, said Wednesday that the men had all served in the Colombian military’s elite special forces and could operate without being detected, if they had desired. He said their behavior made it clear they did not go to Haiti to assassinate the president.

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“They have the ability to be like shadows,” Romero Velasquez said.

The predawn attack took place at the president’s private home. He was shot to death and his wife wounded. It’s not clear who pulled the trigger. The latest suspects identified in the sweeping investigation included a former Haitian senator, a fired government official and an informant for the U.S. government.

A woman lights a candle at a memorial outside the Presidential Palace in memory of slain President Jovenel Moise in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday, July 14, 2021, a week after Moise was assassinated in his home. (AP Photo/Joseph Odelyn) © Provided by Associated Press A woman lights a candle at a memorial outside the Presidential Palace in memory of slain President Jovenel Moise in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday, July 14, 2021, a week after Moise was assassinated in his home. (AP Photo/Joseph Odelyn)

Miami has become a focus of the probe. The city has long been a nest of intrigue, from being a CIA recruitment center for the failed Bay of Pigs operation to overthrow Cuban dictator Fidel Castro to being a key shipment point for Colombian cocaine in the 1980s. Its palm-fringed shores have also been a place of exile for people from Latin American and Caribbean countries when political winds blew against them at home, and where some plotted their returns.

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Members of the press gather around supporters of slain President Jovenel Moise bringing flowers, cigars, candles and prayer to create a memorial outside the presidential palace in memory of slain President Jovenel Moise in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday, July 14, 2021. Moise was assassinated on July 7. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix) © Provided by Associated Press Members of the press gather around supporters of slain President Jovenel Moise bringing flowers, cigars, candles and prayer to create a memorial outside the presidential palace in memory of slain President Jovenel Moise in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday, July 14, 2021. Moise was assassinated on July 7. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Homeland Security Investigations, a U.S. agency responsible for investigating crimes that cross international borders, is also investigating the assassination, said a Department of Homeland Security official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk about the case. He declined to provide details.

The FBI says it is “providing investigative assistance” to Haitian authorities.


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Intriago, who immigrated from Venezuela over a decade ago and participated in activities in Miami opposing the leftist regime in his homeland, did not respond to multiple requests for an interview.

He likes to be around powerful people and has posted photos on social media showing himself with them, including Colombian President Ivan Duque.

Pierre Gary Bernadotte, a member of the slain president's PHTK political party, carries flowers to a spot outside the presidential palace in memory of the late President Jovenel Moise in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday, July 14, 2021. Moise was assassinated on July 7. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix) © Provided by Associated Press Pierre Gary Bernadotte, a member of the slain president's PHTK political party, carries flowers to a spot outside the presidential palace in memory of the late President Jovenel Moise in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday, July 14, 2021. Moise was assassinated on July 7. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Duque's office on Monday disavowed any knowledge of Intriago, saying Duque was in Miami while campaigning for the presidency in February 2018. He posed for photographs with some of those in attendance, but Duque did not have any meeting or any ties with Intriago, the Colombian president's office said.

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Police clear burning tire road blocks set by protesters upset with growing violence in the Lalue neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday, July 14, 2021. Haitian President Jovenel Moise was assassinated on July 7. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) © Provided by Associated Press Police clear burning tire road blocks set by protesters upset with growing violence in the Lalue neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday, July 14, 2021. Haitian President Jovenel Moise was assassinated on July 7. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

Florida state records show Intriago’s company has changed names in the past dozen years: CTU Security to CS Security Solutions to Counter Terrorist Unit Federal Academy LLC.

CTU lists two Miami addresses on its website. One is a shuttered warehouse with no signage. The other is a small office suite under a different name. A receptionist said the CTU owner stops by once a week to collect mail.

The company website says it offers "first-class personalized products and services to law enforcement and military units, as well as industrial customers.”

Tires burn after being set on fire by protesters upset with growing violence as police patrol and try to put out the flames and clear the road for vehicles in the Lalue neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday, July 14, 2021. Haitian President Jovenel Moise was assassinated on July 7. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix) © Provided by Associated Press Tires burn after being set on fire by protesters upset with growing violence as police patrol and try to put out the flames and clear the road for vehicles in the Lalue neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday, July 14, 2021. Haitian President Jovenel Moise was assassinated on July 7. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

But it ducked paying some of those wholesale companies for their products. Florida records show Intriago’s company was ordered by a court to pay a $64,791 debt in 2018 to a weapons and tactical gear supply company, RSR Group. Propper, a military apparel manufacturer, also sued for nonpayment.

Alexis Ortiz, a writer who worked with Intriago organizing meetings of expatriate Venezuelans in the United States, described him as a “very active, skilled collaborator.”

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“He seemed nice,” Ortiz said.

Richard Noriega, who runs International Security Consulting in Miami, said he does not know Intriago personally but has been observing the developing situation. Noriega, who is also originally from Venezuela, believes Intriago was lured by the prospect of fast money and did not perform due diligence.

Putting himself in Intriago's shoes, Noriega said: “I'm coming out of a complicated situation — of work, of income, of money. An opportunity arises. I don't want to lose it."

Normally, a security company would seek all the details of an operation, to determine how many people to use and what level of insurance they would need. A priority would be to plan an escape route in case things go awry, he said.

Suspects in the assassination of Haiti's President Jovenel Moise are shown to the media at the General Direction of the police in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, July 8, 2021. Moise was assassinated in an attack on his private residence early Wednesday. (AP Photo/Joseph Odelyn) © Provided by Associated Press Suspects in the assassination of Haiti's President Jovenel Moise are shown to the media at the General Direction of the police in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, July 8, 2021. Moise was assassinated in an attack on his private residence early Wednesday. (AP Photo/Joseph Odelyn)

“The first thing we (security professionals) have to take into account is the evacuation. Where will they exit? That's the first thing I do,” Noriega said.

But apparently that planning never happened, perhaps because the Colombians, or at least some of them, thought their mission was benign.

He said it does not seem logical that if the highly trained Colombians were there to kill the president, that they would not have had an escape route. Instead they were caught, some hiding in bushes, by the local population and police.

“It is very murky,” Noriega said.

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Selsky, a former Associated Press bureau chief in the Caribbean and Colombia, reported from Salem, Oregon. AP writers Joshua Goodman in Miami, Evens Sanon in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and Manuel Rueda and Astrid Suarez in Bogota, Colombia, contributed to this report.

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Suspects in the assassination of Haiti's President Jovenel Moise are displayed to the media at the General Direction of the police in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, July 8, 2021. Moise was assassinated in an attack on his private residence early Wednesday. (AP Photo/Joseph Odelyn) © Provided by Associated Press Suspects in the assassination of Haiti's President Jovenel Moise are displayed to the media at the General Direction of the police in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, July 8, 2021. Moise was assassinated in an attack on his private residence early Wednesday. (AP Photo/Joseph Odelyn) Suspects in the assassination of Haiti's President Jovenel Moise are shown to the media, along with the weapons and equipment they allegedly used in the attack, at the General Direction of the police in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, July 8, 2021. Moise was assassinated in an attack on his private residence early Wednesday. (AP Photo / Joseph Odelyn) © Provided by Associated Press Suspects in the assassination of Haiti's President Jovenel Moise are shown to the media, along with the weapons and equipment they allegedly used in the attack, at the General Direction of the police in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, July 8, 2021. Moise was assassinated in an attack on his private residence early Wednesday. (AP Photo / Joseph Odelyn)

Cash for Moise killing came from South Florida man, cops claim. He did nothing wrong, lawyer says .
MIAMI — The rule of thumb in any good investigation is to follow the money. For Haitian police investigating the July 7 assassination of their president, the money trail partially runs through a little-known Ecuadorian emigre and private lender who lives in Broward County. In the two weeks since the shocking murder of President Jovenel Moise , police in Haiti have repeatedly during news conferences flashed the image of Walter Veintemilla and the name of his company, Worldwide Capital Lending Group. The money for the assassination plot, they’ve alleged, ran through Veintemilla, a Weston resident, and his Miramar-based firm.

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