Haitian police search for former US senator and suspected informant of the president’s death – 07/14/2021 – world

Haitian police are looking for five other suspects in the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, including a former senator, a US government informant and a former agent of the country’s anti-corruption agency. The government says the suspects are armed and dangerous.

Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, 53, was shot dead in his private residence at dawn on the 7th. The country’s first lady was injured and taken to medical treatment in Miami, United States.

One of the wanted by the police is John Joël Joseph, a former Haitian senator, opposed to Tet Kale, the party of Moses. In a video posted to the internet last year, Joseph compares the president to coronavirus and claims Haitians are starving or dying of violence in his administration. Police did not say what his involvement in the crime would be.

A second wanted suspect has been identified as Joseph Felix Badio, a former employee of the Haitian government’s Anti-Corruption Unit. The agency released a statement on Tuesday (14), in which it says Badio worked there between 2013 and May this year, when he was fired for “breaking the rules”, without specifying what he was doing. was acting.

Rodolphe Jaar, who presents himself as “Whiskey”, is the third outlaw. According to the American news agency Associated Press, Jaar, who is Haitian and does not have American nationality, was convicted of drug trafficking in Florida in 2013 to four years in prison. In a 2015 sentencing review request, the defense said he had been a secret government informant for many years and could again cooperate with federal agents, the agency said.

He is not the first U.S. government informant among those suspected of being involved in the murder. A Haitian-American who was arrested after the crime was a collaborator with the US anti-drug agency, DEA, and even looked for them after the murder, the agency reported to CNN.

“After the assassination of President Moïse, the suspect traced his contacts at the DEA. An agency official assigned to Haiti urged the suspect to surrender to local authorities and, along with the US State Department, provided information to the Haitian government which is assisting in the surrender and arrest of the suspect and ‘another individual,’ the statement read. without naming the imprisoned informant.

According to the Reuters news agency, the informant is Joseph Vincent, 55, a Haitian of American nationality.

The DEA’s involvement in the crime was raised shortly after the murder, when videos began circulating of criminals posing as agency agents entering Moise’s house in the early hours of the crime. The department’s participation, however, was refused by the US government.

Another Haitian-American, James J. Solages, 35, is also in prison.

In addition to them, a doctor who lives in Florida was arrested Sunday (11) accused of being the mastermind of the crime. Christian Emmanuel Sanon, 63, arrived in the Caribbean country in June, aboard a private jet, with a group of Colombians guarding him, according to government information. According to the police, Sanon wanted to arrest Moïse to assume the presidency of the country.

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