Ex-Senator of Haiti suspected of involvement in assassination of President

John Joel Joseph, a former senator of Haiti, is wanted for his alleged participation in the assassination of President Jovenel Moise. This was reported Tuesday, July 13, by local publication Rezo Nòdwès.

According to its information, in addition to the ex-senator, two other people are also wanted in the investigation of the murder of the head of state: lawyer Joseph Felix Badio and businessman Rodolphe Jaar.

The police indicated that they are all “armed and dangerous.

It is noted that all three are suspected of murder, attempted murder and armed robbery.

Haiti’s president, who has led the state since 2017, was fatally wounded in an attack on his residence on the night of July 7. His wife was critically wounded in the attack. She was hospitalized.

The Haitian Senate proclaimed its speaker, Joseph Lambert, as interim president of the republic on July 9.

On July 8, Haiti’s police chief Leon Charles said that James Solage, an American of Haitian descent, was among the six people detained in the case of the president’s assassination. According to him, another of the detainees may also be an American of Haitian descent.

Later, on July 12, State Department spokesman Ned Price said the United States was aware that three American citizens had been detained in Haiti as part of the investigation into the assassination of that country’s president, and that consular support would be provided to them. On the same day, CNN reported, citing sources, that several detainees in connection with the assassination of the Haitian president worked as informants for U.S. intelligence agencies.