Jamaica arrests former Haitian senator wanted in leader’s murder

Haiti National Police say former senator wanted in murder of President Jovenel Moïse has been arrested in Jamaica

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The Haiti National Police said Saturday that a former senator wanted in the July 7 murder of President Jovenel Moïse has been arrested in Jamaica.

Police spokesman Gary Desrosiers told The Associated Press that John Joel Joseph is in custody. No other information was immediately available.

Meanwhile, Jamaica Police Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay told the AP that other people had been arrested along with Joseph and authorities were trying to determine if they were family members. She said they were arrested before dawn on Saturday and declined to share any further details.

“For more than one reason, we don’t share more information,” she said.

Joseph is a Haitian politician and opponent of the Tet Kale party to which Moïse belonged.

Among those celebrating the arrest was Claude Joseph, Haiti’s former foreign minister who briefly served as interim prime minister after Moïse’s murder.

“The arrest of John Joel Joseph shows that there will be no hiding place for those directly or indirectly involved in the assassination,” he wrote, saying the international effort he has insider continues to bear fruit.

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

He was recently extradited from the United States and is awaiting another hearing after being charged with conspiracy to commit murder or kidnapping outside the United States and providing material support resulting in death, knowing or intending that such material support would be used to prepare or transport the plot to kill or kidnap.

More than 40 people, including 18 former Colombian soldiers, have been arrested in the murder of Moïse, who was shot multiple times at his private residence in an attack that also injured his wife, Martine Moïse.

Colombian government officials said the majority of former soldiers were duped and did not know the real mission. The soldiers, who remain in prison in Haiti, have accused authorities of torture, while the Colombian government recently said the country’s consul in Haiti was threatened after trying to deliver humanitarian aid.


Danica Coto reported from San Juan, Puerto Rico.


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