Family of Haiti president murder suspect seeks protection

Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was interviewed in February 2020 at his Pétionville home, where, more than a year later, he was assassinated.

Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was interviewed in February 2020 at his Pétionville dwelling, where by, more than a year afterwards, he was assassinated.


The destiny of an accused suspect and previous politician in the murder of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse has as soon as extra been put on keep when authorities in Jamaica ponder no matter whether to grant his wife and two children asylum.

Former Haitian Senator John Joël Joseph, who has been billed with unlawful entry into Jamaica soon after he, his wife and two sons had been arrested previous thirty day period in rural St. Elizabeth parish, was informed by a choose Tuesday to return to courtroom on March 3. This is the 2nd time that Joseph, whose travel paperwork listing his final identify as John, has had his situation postponed.

For the duration of an first visual appeal after his arrest, his scenario was pushed back again to February 15 right after his attorney, Donahue Martin, asked the court for more time.

On Tuesday, Martin confirmed to the Miami Herald that the subject had been remanded for March 3 immediately after he verified to the courtroom that he has submitted an application to Jamaica’s Passport Immigration and Citizenship Company (PICA) for refugee position on behalf of the previous senator’s wife, Edume, 38, and sons Schopenhauer, 17, and Abaku, 9.

“They have a well-founded fear that if they are returned to Haiti they would be subjected to persecution and functions of violence,” Martin claimed.

Attaining refugee position in Jamaica is really unusual. Jamaica’s Ministry of Countrywide Security will have to have to convene a committee, which will then identify if the 3 are suitable to remain in the country as refugees.

Martin would not remark on the standing of John Joël Joseph, who is the subject of an arrest warrant in Haiti and was amongst many suspects at big when he and his relatives were arrested at a residence by associates of the Counter Terrorism & Structured Criminal offense Device and the St. Elizabeth divisional law enforcement.

U.S. authorities, nevertheless, have their eyes on Joseph and FBI agents have already begun interviewing him, according to sources common with the situation.

Haitian law enforcement allege that Joseph was in speak to with various of the suspects jailed in relationship with the assassination plot and attended conferences about the attack. A 124-webpage Haiti National Law enforcement investigative report received by the Herald also accused him of paying out for the rental motor vehicles that were to be used in the assassination.

Joseph was the next key suspect in Moïse’s July 7 assassination to be taken into custody in Jamaica right after arriving by boat and working with a common “Guns for Ganja” criminal route between Haiti’s southern coastline and the country’s English-speaking Caribbean neighbor to escape authorities soon after months of hiding in Haiti.

In Oct, Mario Antonio Palacios Palacios, 43, a retired Colombian sergeant, was arrested in Kingston immediately after currently being tracked there by U.S. Homeland Protection Investigations brokers. He experienced beforehand concealed in Haiti for months.

Palacios is at the moment in U.S. federal custody immediately after remaining detained in Panama final thirty day period even though on his way again to Colombia soon after a decide in Jamaica ordered his deportation.

This story was initially released February 15, 2022 4:01 PM.

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Jacqueline Charles has described on Haiti and the English-speaking Caribbean for the Miami Herald for more than a decade. A Pulitzer Prize finalist for her protection of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, she was awarded a 2018 Maria Moors Cabot Prize — the most prestigious award for coverage of the Americas.