Haiti's interim prime minister confirms request for US troops to country
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Haiti's interim government said Friday that it asked the United States to deploy troops to protect key infrastructure as it tries to stabilize the country and prepare the way for elections in the aftermath of the assassination of President Jovenel Moise. © Provided by Washington Examiner "We definitely need assistance, and we've asked our international partners for help," interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph told the Associated Press in an interview, declining to provide further details. "We believe our partners can assist the national police in resolving the situation.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A former Haitian senator, a fired government official and an informant for the U.S. government are the latest suspects identified as part of a sweeping investigation into the killing of President Jovenel Moïse. © Provided by Associated Press Vendors work at the Maché Tèt Dlo market in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, July 13, 2021. President Jovenel Moise was assassinated in his home on July 7. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)
The men are among five fugitives whom police say are armed and dangerous as they continued Wednesday to track down those suspected in the June 7 pre-dawn attack at Moïse’s private home in which the president was shot to death and his wife, Martine, wounded.
Haiti requests US security forces to guard infrastructure amid turmoil
The Biden administration has received a request from Haiti to provide U.S. security forces to the Caribbean nation to guard critical infrastructure, according to two congressional sources, as the country grapples with an unpredictable security situation following the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse earlier this week.The federal government did not comment on specifics of the assistance it is providing to Haiti, but said that the U.S. is responding to requests from Haitian police for investigative and security assistance, with senior FBI and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials being dispatched to the country.
One of the suspects was identified as former Sen. John Joël Joseph, a well-known Haitian politician and opponent to the Tet Kale party that Moïse belonged to. In a video posted last year on YouTube, Joseph compared Moïse to the coronavirus, saying Haitians have died from hunger or been killed amid a spike in violence under his administration. © Provided by Associated Press A boy carries a tank of gas as he leaves a gas station in Port-au-Prince, Tuesday, July 13, 2021, almost a week after President Jovenel Moise was assassinated in his home. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
“Insecurity has infected every single Haitian,” he said.
Police identified the second suspect as Joseph Felix Badio. He previously worked for Haiti’s Ministry of Justice and joined the government’s anti-corruption unit in March 2013. The agency issued a statement saying Badio was fired in May following “serious breaches” of unspecified ethical rules, adding that it filed a complaint against him.
Haiti's interim prime minister says president was tortured before being killed
Haiti's interim prime minister told ABC News that the perpetrators behind the assassination of President Jovenal Moise would be brought to justice.Claude Joseph, the interim prime minister of Haiti, said in an interview with ABC News that former President Jovenel Moise was tortured before he was killed and vowed to bring the perpetrators of the assassination to justice.
© Provided by Associated Press A view of the private residence of President Jovenel Moise in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, July 13, 2021. Moise was killed and his wife wounded during an attack on his home on July 7. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)
“This villainous act is an affront to our democracy,” the unit said in a statement Tuesday. “The authors, co-authors, accomplices must be hunted down, investigated and punished with the utmost rigor.”
The third suspect was identified as Rodolphe Jaar. He was born in Haiti, speaks English and has a college degree in business administration, according to court records. He is not a U.S. citizen.
Jaar uses the alias “Whiskey” and in 2013 was indicted in federal court in South Florida on charges of conspiring to smuggle cocaine from Colombia and Venezuela through Haiti to the U.S. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to nearly four years in prison, according to court records.
Suspects in assassination told police the plan was to arrest, not kill, Haiti’s president
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The operation that led to Haitian President Jovenel Moïse’s middle-of-the-night assassination was in the planning for at least a month, and came together during meals around Port-au-Prince and at a home where most of the men accused of the slaying were staying, several people who interviewed some of the suspects told the Miami Herald. “They probably were watching and waiting for the opportunity for them to do it,” said Investigative Judge Clément Noël, who was among the first to question the two Haitian Americans among the 19 suspects detained so far. James A. Solages, 35, and Joseph G.
At his 2015 sentencing hearing, Jaar’s attorney told the court that Jaar had been a confidential source for the U.S. government for several years before his indictment. He also agreed to cooperate with federal authorities and asked for a lighter sentence, saying he had a wife, 1-year-old and elderly parents.
In June 2000, Jaar filed a civil suit against the U.S. government seeking the return of a “large amount” of cash taken from him along with his passport and tourist visa when he was stopped in a rental car by customs agents. He was not arrested at the time, but Jaar said he learned he was under investigation for money laundering.
The government later returned his property and did not file charges. Jaar, who dropped the lawsuit, described himself in court papers as the owner of a successful import business in Haiti. He said his family has operated the enterprise since 1944.
Authorities in Haiti are investigating Moïse’s killing with help from Colombia’s government, which has said 23 of 26 former Colombian soldiers suspected in the slaying have been arrested and remain detained in Haiti. Léon Charles, chief of Haiti’s National Police, said three Haitians also have been arrested and at least three suspects killed.
Haiti President's killing followed by fierce chase and gun battle -- exclusive
The plot to kill Haiti's President allegedly spanned multiple countries and involved highly experienced former military officers and months of planning, according to local officials. Yet the primary suspects in the case appear to have been unprepared for their fierce pursuit by Haitian security forces. © David von Blohn/CNN CNN has obtained exclusive information about the hunt for the killers of Jovenel Moise, a banana exporter-turned-politician who was killed in a hail of gunfire in the bedroom of his private residence in the leafy Port-au-Prince district of Petion-Ville at around 1 a.m.
The detained Haitians have been identified as James Solages, Joseph Vincent and Christian Emmanuel Sanon.
Police had said Sanon flew to Haiti in June aboard a private jet with several of the alleged gunmen. The 62-year-old is a Haitian physician, church pastor and Florida businessman who once expressed a desire to lead Haiti in a YouTube video and has denounced the country’s leaders as corrupt.
Charles said that Sanon was working with those who plotted the assassination and that Moïse’s killers were protecting him. He said officers who raided Sanon’s house in Haiti found a hat with a DEA logo, 20 boxes of bullets, gun parts, four license plates from the Dominican Republic, two cars and correspondence.
A business associate and a pastor in Florida who knew Sanon told The Associated Press that the suspect was religious and that they did not believe he would be involved in violence. The associate, who spoke on condition of anonymity for security reasons, said he believes Sanon was duped, describing him as “completely gullible.”
The associated added that Sanon had said he was approached by people claiming to represent the U.S. State and Justice departments who wanted to install him as Haiti's president. He said the plan was only for Moïse to be arrested, and Sanon would not have participated if he knew Moïse would be killed.
Associated Press writers Ben Fox in Washington; Terry Spencer in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; and Evens Sanon in Port-au-Prince contributed to this report.
Cash for Moise killing came from South Florida man, cops claim. He did nothing wrong, lawyer says .
MIAMI — The rule of thumb in any good investigation is to follow the money. For Haitian police investigating the July 7 assassination of their president, the money trail partially runs through a little-known Ecuadorian emigre and private lender who lives in Broward County. In the two weeks since the shocking murder of President Jovenel Moise , police in Haiti have repeatedly during news conferences flashed the image of Walter Veintemilla and the name of his company, Worldwide Capital Lending Group. The money for the assassination plot, they’ve alleged, ran through Veintemilla, a Weston resident, and his Miramar-based firm.