The police of Haiti confirmed that in the last hours he detained the main suspect having planned the murder of the president Jovenel Moisein 2021. As reported, Joseph Felix Badio “He was arrested” inside a supermarket in the Pétion-ville neighborhood, in the capital, Port-au-Prince.
The former agent of the Anti-Corruption Unit, who had been dismissed for serious ethical misconduct, is being investigated for being the mind behind assassination which took place two years ago, on July 7.
Since then, he was wanted by the National Police but managed to successfully evade capture attempts. However, he will now have to face the charges of which he is accused in court.
Official records and reports at the time indicated that Moise was tortured and murdered in his home, in the exclusive neighborhood of Pétion-ville, by a group of hitmenmostly Colombians. These would have been allied with agents from the specialized units of the National Palace, in charge of providing security to the head of state and the first lady who was injured.
So far, Justice has already arrested some 11 people who are awaiting the start of their trials in USAamong them a former haitian senator that last October 10 pleaded guilty if.
John Joel Joseph He appeared before a federal court in Miami and, after reaching an agreement with the Government that included an 11-page plea agreement, changed his statement and acknowledged the charges related to the assassination.
Although it was not revealed what his specific role in the plan would have been, it is believed that he will not be sentenced to life in prison since he cooperated with the investigation. Instead, the Government will recommend reducing his sentence, which will be announced by federal judge José Martínez on December 19.
Joseph had been extradited in June from Jamaica under accusations of criminal conspiracy to commit murder or kidnapping outside the United States and for having provided material support that resulted in a death, knowing or intending that such material support would be used to prepare or carry out the plan to murder or kidnap.
Meanwhile, two other people also pleaded guilty: the Haitian-Chilean businessman Rodolphe Jaarwho has already been sentenced to life imprisonmentand German Rivera, who will surely receive his sentence at the end of this month. According to him he commented to The New York Times William Acosta, a criminal defense investigator from the Big Apple, “knows everything and can break down how it all started, who was at the meetings, how everything was organized and who gave the orders.”
Also in October, precisely on the 25th, the soldier Mario Palaciosdetained in Miami, will face justice.
As the Police have been able to reconstruct and find out so far, the plan to assassinate Moise, carried out by these individuals, was ordered by the directors of a Miami security company who were looking for replace the president with Christian Sanona Haitian-American citizen.
The businessmen Antonio Intriago and Arcángel Pretel Ortiz They wanted to sign lucrative contracts that would allow them to build infrastructure and provide security forces to a future Sanon government.
(With information from EFE)