The Lévisien accused of having wanted to overthrow the regime in Haiti proclaims his innocence

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The Lévisien accused of wanting to overthrow the regime in Haiti claims his innocence

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The lawyer for a Quebec man accused of planning a terrorist act to overthrow the Haitian government of President Jovenel Moïse says his client will contest the charges.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) announced Thursday that Gérald Nicolas, 51, of Lévis, will appear in the Quebec City courthouse on December 1 to face three terrorism-related charges.

Mr. Nicolas is charged with leaving Canada to facilitate terrorist activity, facilitating terrorist activity and providing property for terrorist purposes.

The RCMP also clarifies that their investigation of Mr. Nicolas is not linked to the assassination of President Moïse in July 2021.

An affidavit filed by the RCMP to obtain a search warrant outlines several aspects of the alleged conspiracy contained in the message exchanges.

These include securing land on the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic, acquiring supplies to set up a camp for up to 50 people, and travel to Cuba, Colombia, Panama and in the Dominican Republic to recruit personnel and find weapons.

President of Haiti Jovenel Moise (center) and Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant (left) at a ceremony in Port-au-Prince in March.

According to the RCMP, the plot began a year and a half before the assassination of President Moïse in July 2021. Mr. Nicolas began planning these activities in January 2020 and we began to do our investigation in July 2021, after the report of the police of Lévis, clarified t interviewed RCMP Sergeant Charles Poirier on Thursday.

Mr. Nicolas' lawyer, Tiago Murias, said he was waiting for the Crown to disclose his evidence, but he is already making it clear that his client intends to contest the charges and will plead not guilty.

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