Gérald Nicolas, 51, will seem on the Quebec Metropolis courthouse on Dec. 1 to face three terrorism-related prices.
Nicolas is charged with leaving Canada to facilitate a terrorist exercise, facilitating a terrorist exercise and offering property for terrorist functions, the RCMP stated Thursday. The primary two counts carry most 14-year sentences whereas the third carries a most 10-year sentence.
The Mounties allege that Nicolas, a resident of Lévis, Que., deliberate to stage an armed revolution in Haiti to overthrow the federal government and finally seize energy. However police added their investigation of Nicolas will not be associated to the July 2021 assassination of Moïse at his personal residence close to Port-au-Prince.
A sworn assertion filed by the RCMP to acquire a search warrant in search of entry to cellphones and computer systems describes a number of points of the alleged plot contained in message exchanges. There’s speak of securing land on the Dominican-Haitian border, buying provides to arrange a camp and journey to Cuba, Colombia, Panama and the Dominican Republic to safe manpower and weapons.
Defence lawyer Tiago Murias stated he’s ready for the Crown to reveal proof however Nicolas intends to contest the fees. “He’ll plead not responsible,” Murias stated in a quick interview.
On Thursday, the RCMP stated its Built-in Nationwide Safety Enforcement Staff started its terrorism investigation in July 2021 after exchanging data with police in Lévis, simply south of Quebec Metropolis.
In keeping with the court docket doc, Lévis police executed a search warrant in Could 2021 as they investigated allegations that Nicolas had harassed a former accomplice and shared intimate photographs of her. Nicolas was in Haiti when the warrant was executed and his gadgets, in addition to his new accomplice’s, had been seized.
Native police found WhatsApp conversations between Nicolas and his new accomplice from April and Could 2021 that appeared to exhibit a plan to result in an armed revolution in Haiti. The RCMP affidavit says Nicolas brazenly mentioned the “want for a revolution” in Haiti with native police when he returned to Quebec on the finish of Could 2021.
The assertion says conversations between Nicolas and his accomplice included point out of Nicolas buying land within the Dominican Republic close to the Haitian border to make journey simpler. He additionally requested his new accomplice to speak with a cousin within the Dominican Republic — a police officer — about acquiring 5 large-calibre weapons, the doc says. Nicolas additionally allegedly wished to purchase tools to create an encampment for about 50 folks.
Federal authorities later spoke to Nicolas’s former accomplice, who allegedly informed the RCMP that Nicolas had travelled to Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Panama and Colombia in an effort to acquire arms and recruit males.
“Though Nicolas stated he wished peaceable actions, his steps to acquire weapons and males nonetheless counsel a menace of violence and/or preparation for an armed confrontation with the forces of the political system in place, more likely to put in place hazard to the life and security of these concerned within the Haitian inhabitants,” RCMP investigator Gabriel Lemaire wrote within the affidavit.
Nicolas granted interviews to a number of media shops Thursday and stated he was being framed by his ex-lover. On Friday, Murias stated he wouldn’t touch upon his shopper’s allegations that he was a sufferer of vengeance.
“I’m not the proper individual to inform you this …. Mr. Nicolas gave some interviews, as is his proper to do, however on my finish, on the difficulty of vengeance, I’ve nothing additional so as to add,” Murias stated, including he’d suggested his shopper to not give any additional interviews.