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Canadian man charged with planning to overthrow Haitian government

Published:Thursday | November 17, 2022 | 1:37 PM
A person holds a photo of late Haitian President Jovenel Moïse during his memorial ceremony at the National Pantheon Museum in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix, File)

MONTREAL (AP) — A Canadian man has been charged with planning a terrorist act to overthrow the Haitian government of the late President Jovenel Moïse, authorities said Thursday.

Gérald Nicolas, 51, will appear at the Quebec City courthouse on December 1 to face three terrorism-related charges, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Quebec said in a news release.

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

Police say their investigation is not related to the July 2021 assassination of Moïse.

The Mounties allege that Nicolas, a resident of Lévis, Quebec, planned to stage an armed revolution in Haiti and ultimately seize power.

Nicolas travelled to Haiti to coordinate a group of individuals who planned to take part in the coup, police said.

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