Haiti National Police on Saturday has claimed that a former senator who was the key suspect in the July 7 assassination of President Jovenel Moise has been nabbed in Jamaica.
Police spokesman Gary Desrosiers while disclosing the information, said, “John Joel Joseph was in police custody. No extra information was immediately available.”
Meanwhile, while addressing, Police Superintendent of Jamaica police Stephanie Lindsay said, “some other people have also been arrested along with Joseph, and police are trying their best to check whether they are family members. She further said, they were arrested in the early morning on Saturday and declined to share any other information.”
She added, “for more than one reason, we are not disclosing any information.”
Joseph is a Haitian politician and was a rival of the Tet Kale party that Moise belonged to.
Meanwhile, Martine Moise, who got injured in the shooting, tweeted, “One more suspect has been captured, and one more opportunity has been availed to shed light on my husband’s killing. In Haiti or somewhere else, the tracking of wanted criminals must continue so that all sponsors and criminals of this heinous crime are punished.”
An-undisclosed report of the police says that Joseph has many links to the attack, with at least one identifying him among its leaders.
According to sources, Joseph paid in cash to hire cars on rent that had been used by attackers and had met with other suspects ahead of the attack, including Christian Emmanuel Sanon, a Haitian businessman and evangelical pastor who was expressing a desire to lead his nation.
The report further added that the former senator arranged a meeting between other suspects and Joseph Badio, an alleged plot leader who used to work for Haiti’s Ministry of Justice and the government’s anti-corruption until he was fired.
It added that phone records disclose that James Solages, a Haitian-American arrested in the case, had a WhatsApp conversation with Joseph about preparations and plans for the execution of the mission. And it said that Solage told authorities that Joseph, Badio and Rodolphe Jaar, a Haitian citizen and former U.S. informant arrested January 7 in the Dominican Republic- were among those appointed leaders of the operation.