Former Senator Arrested In Investigation Of Haiti's President's Murder

Bandeira com a foto do presidente do Haiti, Jovenel Moise, assassinado em julho de 2021.

Flag with the photo of the President of Haiti, Jovenel Moise , murdered in July 2021.| Photo: EFE/ Johnson Sabin

Jamaican police arrested this Saturday (15) former Haitian senator John Joel Joseph, one of the suspects involved in the assassination of Haiti’s president, Jovenel Moise, a crime that exacerbated the country’s socio-political crisis.


The detainee is a former senator from the Haitian opposition. He was found along with other people in a rural community where he lived in anonymity on the island.

Jamaica Police Communications Unit Chief, Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, said that other individuals were arrested with Joseph and that authorities are trying to determine who they are.

“For various reasons, we will not be sharing more information about Joseph’s arrest,” he told reporters.

Haitian President Jovenel Moise was assassinated on July 7 when hitmen invaded the presidential residence and shot him dead. The First Lady was injured, but survived.

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The news of the former senator’s arrest comes after Haiti’s National Network for the Defense of Human Rights (RNDH) earlier this month denounced the lack of progress in the investigation into the murder of President Moise.

As foreign nationals were actively involved in the preparation and execution of the assassination, the RNDH considered it important to collaborate with intelligence agencies in other countries that can help locate the perpetrators of the crime.

Former Colombian soldier Mario Antonio Palacios was another detained on suspicion of connection with the murder. He faces two charges in the United States related to the crime and is being held in a Miami prison.
Palacios testified to US authorities after being detained earlier this month during a stopover in Panama, from where he voluntarily traveled to the US.

According to recently released legal documents, Palacios said he was hired to provide security and participate in an operation that was originally intended to capture Moise at the airport and putting him on a plane, but on July 6 he was informed that the plans had changed to a murder.