Jamaica detains key suspect in ex-Haitian president’s murder

Jamaica detains key suspect in ex-Haitian president’s murder



Jamaican authorities have detained a former Haitian senator who was a key suspect in the murder of Haitian President Jovenel Moise in July; Jamaican national police said on Saturday.


Jamaica Constabulary Force spokesman Dennis Brooks told Reuters that John Joel Joseph; a well-known Haitian politician named by the authorities as a suspect in Moise’s killing, was arrested by the authorities on Friday.


Brooks declined to comment on whether the arrest was following a request by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations; which is also investigating the murder.


It was also unclear where Joseph was arrested in Jamaica.

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Moise was shot dead when assassins armed with assault rifles; stormed his private residence in the hills above Port-au-Prince on July 7; sparking a major manhunt and investigations across several countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.


Days after Moise murder the then-National Police Chief Leon Charles said Joseph was a key player in the plot; alleging he supplied weapons and planned meetings, and that police were searching for him.


Haiti has arrested dozens of people following the July murder; that left a political vacuum in the Caribbean nation. But it has not charged anyone, and the investigation has drawn complaints in that country; about delays and intimidation of officials.


U.S. authorities this month charged; a Colombian man with conspiracy to commit murder or kidnapping outside the United States in connection with the assassination of Moise; the first official charges in the brazen crime.

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