Jamaica arrests former Senator of Haiti for murder of leader

Haiti’s Port-au-Prince — Haiti’s national police said Saturday that a former senator, a prominent suspect in the murder of President Jovenel Moise on July 7, was arrested in Jamaica.

Police spokesman Gary Desrosiers said John Joël Joseph was detained in the Associated Press. No further information was immediately available.

Meanwhile, Jamaican police police officer Stephanie Lindsay told AP that other people had been arrested with Joseph and authorities were trying to determine if they were part of the family. She said they were arrested before dawn on Saturday and refused to share other details.

“For multiple reasons, we don’t share more information,” she said.

Joseph is a Haiti politician and an opponent of the Tettkel party to which Moise belonged.

“Another suspect has been arrested. Another opportunity to shed light on her husband’s murder,” Martine Moise, who was injured in the shooting, wrote on Twitter. “In Haiti and elsewhere, we need to continue to track wanted so that all sponsors and perpetrators of this vicious crime will be punished.”

An unpublished police report obtained by AP stated that Joseph had some implications for the attack and that at least one identified him among its leaders from various sources. Was quoted.

According to sources, Joseph paid for the rental car used by the attacker in cash and other suspects, including Christian Emmanuel Sanon, a Haitian businessman and evangelical minister who wanted to lead the country. I met. Associates suggest that Sanon was fooled by the true mastermind of the assassination. He was arrested shortly after his murder.

The report also said a former senator introduced other suspects to Joseph Badio, a conspiracy leader who worked until he was dismissed by Haiti’s Ministry of Justice and government anti-corruption forces.

According to phone records, Haitian-American James Solage, who was arrested in the case, had a conversation with Joseph on WhatsApp about preparing for the mission. Solage told authorities that Haitian citizens and former US government informants Joseph, Badio, and Rodolph Jar were arrested in the Dominican Republic on January 7.

The buddy remains a fugitive, but Dominican officials say Jarre was arrested there at the request of US officials.

Among those celebrating the arrest was Claude Joseph, a former Foreign Minister of Haiti who temporarily served as interim prime minister following the murder of Moise.

“The arrest of John Joel Joseph shows that there is no hiding place for those directly or indirectly involved in the assassination,” he wrote, the international efforts he initiated are fruitful. Said to keep tying.

Police reported on page 122 that from July 10 to July 21, authorities visited at least three homes to track John Joel Joseph, four twelve under the first home. Nothing was found other than the gauge rifle, ammunition, and firearm accessories. His name.

It is not immediately clear where the former Senator of Haiti, who was arrested in Jamaica, will be taken.

Former interim Prime Minister Claude-Joseph said there was no extradition treaty between Haiti and Jamaica, but the suspect is a Haiti and could be sent back to his home country.

John Joel Joseph is the second suspect arrested in Jamaica. In late October, Jamaican authorities arrested former Colombian soldier Mario Antonio Palacios Palacios.

Do you know that after Palacios was recently expelled to the United States, charged with murder or kidnapping plots outside the United States, and provided material assistance leading to death, such material assistance will be used in preparation? Intentionally awaiting a court hearing or performing a plot to kill or kidnap.

More than 40 people, including 18 former Colombian soldiers, were arrested for the murder of Moise, who was shot several times in his private residence in an attack that injured his wife Martine Moise.

Colombian government officials say the majority of former soldiers were fooled and unaware of their true mission. Soldiers remaining in prison in Haiti have accused the torture authorities, but the Colombian government recently said it was threatened after a Haiti consular attempt to provide humanitarian aid.

Harold Isaac and Danica Koto

Associated Press