Former Senator Arrested in African Country Over President’s Assassination

Former Senator Arrested in African Country Over President’s Assassination

  • A former Haitian senator who is a suspect in the assassination of the country’s president, Jovenel Moïse has been arrested
  • Jean Joel Joseph, an ex-lawmaker was arrested on Friday evening, January 14, by the authorities in Jamaica
  • Joseph is a Haitian politician and opponent of the Tet Kale party that the late president belonged to

Jean Joel Joseph, a former senator in Haiti wanted in the killing of President Jovenel Moïse has been arrested in Jamaica.

BBC reports that Jamaican authorities on Saturday, January 15, confirmed that Joseph was appreneded on Friday evening, January 14.

President Jovenel Moïse's Assassination
A prominent suspect in the July 7 killing of President Jovenel Moïse has been arrested in Jamaica. Photo credit: Alejandro Cegarra/Bloomberg
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Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) in a statement said Joseph and three people suspected to be members of his family were arrested on immigration-related charges.

It was gathered that Joseph was arrested at a house in St. Elizabeth, a parish in the southwest of the island.

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According to Jamaican police source, Joseph is being detained. Police spokesman Gary Desrosiers declined to release further information about the arrest, ABC News added.

Jamaican investigators were contacted by Haitian authorities who noted that the former Haitian lawmaker was wanted as a suspect in the alleged assassination of the president.

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Recall there was tension in Haiti after reports emerged that the president of the country was assassinated at his private residence in the nation's capital of Port-au-Prince.

Moïse's assassination was disclosed in a statement from Haiti’s interim prime minister, Claude Joseph.

Joseph reportedly stated that the deadly attack took place in the early hours of Wednesday, July 7, 2021.

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In a related development, security operatives in Haiti have dealt a heavy blow on persons suspected to be linked to the murder of the president.

According to the head of police in Haiti, Léon Charles, officers on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, killed four of the suspects and succeed in getting hold of two others.

Charles announced that the arrested suspects who have been regarded as professional assassins are now in police custody.


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