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 household, where by, much more than a year afterwards, he was assassinated.


The fate of an accused suspect and former politician in the murder of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse has at the time more been set on maintain although authorities in Jamaica ponder no matter whether to grant his wife and two kids asylum.

Former Haitian Senator John Joël Joseph, who has been charged with unlawful entry into Jamaica just after he, his wife and two sons ended up arrested final month in rural St. Elizabeth parish, was instructed by a judge Tuesday to return to courtroom on March 3. This is the next time that Joseph, whose travel files listing his past name as John, has had his case postponed.

For the duration of an first overall look just after his arrest, his scenario was pushed back to February 15 right after his lawyer, Donahue Martin, asked the court for much more time.

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

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

Getting refugee standing in Jamaica is pretty unusual. Jamaica’s Ministry of Nationwide Safety will require to convene a committee, which will then establish if the a few are suitable to keep on being in the place as refugees.

Martin would not remark on the standing of John Joël Joseph, who is the topic of an arrest warrant in Haiti and was between a number of suspects at large when he and his spouse and children ended up arrested at a property by users of the Counter Terrorism & Organized Crime Device and the St. Elizabeth divisional law enforcement.

U.S. authorities, having said that, have their eyes on Joseph and FBI agents have currently commenced interviewing him, in accordance to resources common with the case.

Haitian law enforcement allege that Joseph was in call with many of the suspects jailed in connection with the assassination plot and attended conferences about the assault. A 124-web page Haiti National Police investigative report obtained by the Herald also accused him of paying out for the rental motor vehicles that were being to be employed in the assassination.

Joseph was the 2nd essential suspect in Moïse’s July 7 assassination to be taken into custody in Jamaica immediately after arriving by boat and employing a preferred “Guns for Ganja” legal route among Haiti’s southern coastline and the country’s English-speaking Caribbean neighbor to escape authorities immediately after months of hiding in Haiti.

In Oct, Mario Antonio Palacios Palacios, 43, a retired Colombian sergeant, was arrested in Kingston right after being tracked there by U.S. Homeland Stability Investigations brokers. He experienced previously hidden in Haiti for months.

Palacios is at the moment in U.S. federal custody just after staying detained in Panama previous thirty day period even though on his way back again to Colombia right after a judge in Jamaica purchased his deportation.

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

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Jacqueline Charles has noted on Haiti and the English-speaking Caribbean for the Miami Herald for around a 10 years. 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 protection of the Americas.