A Form Haitian legislator became the third man to be arrested and charged with being involved in death after being charged with criminal charges in the United States in July 2021 for being involved in the assassination of President Haiti’s Jobnermoise.
Joseph Joel John, 51, appeared on May 9 in front of US Justice of the Peace Lauren Lewis in the Southern District of Florida after being handed over from Jamaica.
“John colludes to commit murder or kidnapping outside the United States and provides fatal material assistance, knowing that such material assistance will be used to prepare or carry out a murder or kidnapping plot. Is or intends to be “May 9 press release Said according to the Justice Ministry.
“The plan initially focused on kidnapping Haiti as part of an arrest operation, but eventually resulted in a plan to kill him,” the announcement said. Two other men allegedly involved in the assassination, Rodolph Jar, 49 and Mario Antonio Palacios, were arrested earlier this year.
According to the complaint, John, a group of about 20 Colombian citizens, and a large number of Haitian-American dual citizens were allegedly involved in the plan to kill Moise. John attended when Collusion No. 1 secured the signature of President Haiti’s “written request for assistance in promoting arrest and imprisonment” and provided immunity for these actions. It is said that.
On June 28, 2021, Haitian-American dual-citizen conspirator No. 1 allegedly traveled to the United States and provided documents to other individuals. He then returned to Haiti on July 1 to participate in the assassination, federal officials said.
On July 7, several conspirators allegedly entered the president’s residence and killed him. The No. 1 conspirator was eventually arrested and remains under the control of Haitian authorities.
John allegedly helped obtain the vehicle and secure firearms for the operation. He was also said to have attended a meeting with certain conspirators on July 6, after which many of them participated in assassination missions, officials said.
John was arrested in Jamaica and the Minister of Justice granted a US deportation request on April 28. He is currently under the control of US law enforcement agencies. Former lawmakers could be sentenced to life imprisonment if convicted.
In Haiti, the judicial proceedings associated with the case have been stalled as four judges stopped the proceedings because of concerns about personal safety after being threatened with murder.
In February 2022, CNN announced the results of an investigation linking the assassination of current Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henri and Moise. CNN’s allegations have attracted criticism from the national government.
“These desperate tactics constitute a shift that will help disrupt the course of the investigation, further weaken the security situation, further destabilize the country and thus exacerbate the suffering of the people,” said Haiti’s Foreign Minister Jean. Victor said through a diplomatic letter. CNN..
Reuters contributed to this report.