Today, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police announces the laying of terrorism charges against Gérald Nicolas, a 51-year-old resident of Lévis. It is alleged that he planned a terrorist act to overthrow the Haitian government of Jovenel Moïse.
Armed revolution in Haiti
These charges are the result of an Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET) investigation initiated after an exchange of information from the Service de police de la Ville de Lévis. The investigation, which began in July 2021, revealed that Mr Nicolas planned to stage an armed revolution in Haiti and ultimately seize power.
It is alleged that he took concrete actions, including travelling to Haiti to coordinate a group of individuals whose intention was to take part in a coup against the established authority. This investigation is unrelated to the assassination of Jovenel Moïse.
Gérald Nicolas will appear at the Québec courthouse on December 1st to face three charges under the Canadian Criminal Code:
- 83.191 – Leaving Canada to facilitate terrorist activity
- 83.19(1) – Facilitating terrorist activity
- 83.03 – Providing property for terrorist purposes
Appeal to the public
Under its mandate, the RCMP investigates all criminal activity involving Canadians abroad, who are subject to charges under the Canadian Criminal Code.
The RCMP encourages citizens to remain vigilant and report any information on terrorism or related suspicious activity to the National Security Information Network (1-800-420-5805) or your local police department.