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Mystery as group of U.S. 'mercenaries' armed with arsenal of weapons, drones and satellite phones are arrested in Haiti for 'targeting Government's executive branch' and sent home on American Airlines but 'WON'T face charges' (4 Pics)

Five U.S. citizens who were detained in Haiti at the weekend with a cache of automatic weapons and drones who were allegedly there to 'target the Government's executive branch' have returned home.
The U.S. State Department said several men were in the Caribbean country at a time of violent demonstrations and have now been returned to the United States.
However their exit from the country occurred before a scheduled court hearing was due to take place in Haiti.

Mystery surrounds whether they will be charged with any offenses now they are back on American soil.
The department said in an emailed statement that the return of the men was coordinated with Haitian authorities.  
However a spokesman for Haiti's Prime Minister Jean-Henry Ceant told local radio on Thursday that he was not aware of the men's departure and demanded an immediate explanation from the justice minister.
Ceant told CNN that those arrested on Sunday were 'mercenaries' who were seeking 'to target the executive branch of the government.' 
However he would not provide further details to back up the accusation. 
The Miami Herald reported that the men will not face criminal charges, which has angered some Haitian leaders. 
The publication reported that the men told U.S. authorities that they were on the island to provide 'private security' for a businessman who was doing work with the Haitian government.
Media reports said that at the time of their arrest, they were armed with semi-automatic weapons, rifles, pistols, drones and satellite phones in their two vehicles. They were also driving cars without licence plates. 
According to a letter obtained by the Miami Herald, Haiti's Justice Minister Jean Roody Ali wrote to Haiti's Central Bureau of the Judicial Police.
In the letter he said he authorized the transfer of five Americans and two permanent U.S. residents to the United States to stand trial there. 
'I want to inform you that I've authorized a procedure of transfer to the United States of America of American citizens and United States permanent residents, a total of seven to respond to the charges of transporting illegal arms from the United States through the Haitian territory.'  
Since the arrests, Haitian newspapers have printed names that corresponded to the social media profiles of U.S. citizens claiming military backgrounds.

Reports on Thursday night identified the men as former Navy SEALS Christopher Michael Osman and Christopher Mark McKinley, former Marine Kent Leland Kroeker and Americans Dustin Porte and Talon Ray Burton.
Two Serbian nationals were also arrested, Vlade Jankvic and Danilo Bajagic, one of whom is a permanent U.S. resident, according to VOA Creole reporters. 
VOA News reported that the men flew back on an American Airlines flight to Miami. 
A Haitian national, Michael Estera, who the United States deported, remains in Haiti.
Video footage circulating on social media alleged to show at least six men being escorted through the airport in Port-au-Prince toward a plane bound for the United States.  
However, the identities of the arrested men could not be independently verified. 
Police spokesman Michel-Ange Louis-Jeune claimed the men told police they were on a 'mission,'  but they refused to say anything else except that they would call their unidentified bosses. 
Prosecutors had said the men would appear in court on Wednesday. Instead, they were taken to the airport. 
Carel Pedre, a Haitian media personality, said in a video posted on Facebook that he was on a commercial flight to Miami with the men and posted a video of them on social media. 
He said that when the half-empty plane landed, the crew announced that officials would be boarding it before anyone could disembark. He then said U.S. officials led them away.
The Miami U.S. attorney's office referred all questions about the men's status to the State Department, which did not issue further comment. 
There was no public record Thursday morning of any charges against them in Miami federal court.
Jean Clarens Renois, a former presidential candidate, said in a phone interview that the situation has eroded confidence in Haiti's government.
'The seven guys easily left the country. It's kind of incomprehensible for a nation. There is no authority at all.'
The arrests came after more than a week of violent demonstrations in which Haitians demanded the resignation of President Jovenel Moise amid rising inflation and allegations of corruption. 
Ceant has promised to reduce certain government budgets by 30 percent, lower the cost of goods and investigate allegations of misspending tied to a Venezuelan program that provided Haiti with subsidized oil.
Haitians, however, remained wary of those promises, and Renois said people have lost trust in the government especially given the outcome of the case involving the eight men.
'I used to read that Haiti is a failed country. Now we can say that. 
Protests that began on February 7 died down after about a week-and-a-half but opposition leaders have called for Haitians to take to the streets again on Friday.
The State Department last week ordered all non-emergency U.S. personnel and their families to leave Haiti and advised U.S. citizens not to travel there.

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