James Solages is an American citizen who is under arrest and accused in connection with the assassination of Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse.
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On LinkedIn, he wrote that he received a bachelor’s degree in IT, and added that he attended “Florida Security school. Degree Name MB, PI license. Field Of Study Public safety. Dates attended or expected graduation 2010 – 2012. Public safety, CQC, CQB training.”
On Facebook, Solages wrote that he was self-employed, studied at FCC Career College, lived in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and was from Jacmel. Jacmel is a port town on Haiti’s southern coast. FCC Career College stands for Florida Career College.
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Solages is listed as a member of the board of directors for a non-profit organization that says it is working to rebuild Haiti.
His bio on that website describes him as:
A Building Engineer specialized in the field of infrastructure development, certified diplomatic agent, driver’s Course, and Protection Course. He was the chief commander of body-guards for The Canadian embassy in Haiti. Currently, Mr. Solages works as a corporate executive serving as a consultant in different locations throughout South Florida. Mr. Solages also serves as a politician promoting his country by focusing on compassion programs and counseling economic development program. Preceding his tenure as a consultant, his career began as a volunteer in different nonprofit organization assisting communities in need and Haiti. Mr. Solages is a youth leader and an advocate for underprivileged kids.
He’s tied to a maintenance and repair LLC in Florida.
The Washington Post reported that Solages is a U.S. citizen of “Haitian descent” and broke the news that he was arrested in connection with the assassination plot.
He was among six people arrested in the murder of the president, who was assassinated at his home by a team of gunmen; the president’s wife was shot and wounded.
According to the New York Times, Solages was named as a suspect by Haiti’s minister of elections, Mathias Pierre, and by two other Haitian officials who described him “as a resident of South Florida who had been apprehended on Wednesday during the manhunt for the assailants.”
The other detainees were described only as “foreigners,” according to the Post, which reported that authorities have not released any evidence to connect Solages or the other detainees to the assassination.
The assassins of Haiti’s president falsely claimed to be U.S. DEA agents in a scene captured on video. The DEA stands for the Drug Enforcement Administration. The Washington Post broke the news of Solages’ alleged involvement.
Bocchit Edmond, the Haitian ambassador to the United States, told the AP that the attack “was carried out by foreign mercenaries and professional killers — well-orchestrated,” who pretended to be DEA agents. According to AP, the DEA does have a presence in Haiti’s capital to “assist the government in counternarcotics programs.”
Members of the Haitian police and forensics mark a bullet on the street as they look for evidence outside of the presidential residence on July 7, 2021 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
The Herald reported that one of the gunmen spoke English “with an American accent.” According to the Herald, the attack included high-powered rounds, drones, a grenade and men dressed in black seen running through the neighborhood.
The gunmen spoke both Spanish and English, according to the AP. According to the Herald, the president was supported by the U.S. but was criticized on multiple fronts before his death. Prime Minister Claude Joseph has assumed control of Haiti, according to CNN. Joseph said, according to CNN, that “a group of unidentified individuals, some of whom were speaking in Spanish” attacked and killed the president.
CNN reported that the country was in chaos even before his death with a basically defunct Parliament and escalating criminal violence and a dispute over the end date for the president’s term.