Suspect in Assassination of Haitian President Is Detained

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Haitian police allege former DEA informant was in charge of distributing weapons to the attackers who assassinated President Jovenel Mosse

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Dominican Republic Foreign Minister Roberto Alvarez said he was “detained.” Mr Jar, a Haitian businessman, was apprehended in the Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, six months before the day of Mr Mose’s death on Friday, officials in both countries said.

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Haiti’s Justice Minister Berto Dorsey said Haiti is in talks with the Dominican Republic to bring Mr. Mr Alvarez said the Dominican Republic does not have an extradition treaty with Haiti. The US is also investigating as Haitian authorities allege the murder was partly planned and financed in Florida.

“No decision has been taken,” said Mr. Alvarez, in reference to whether Mr. Jar could be deported to Haiti or the US.

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Mr. Jar’s arrest on Friday follows the arrest of Mario Antonio Palacios by US law-enforcement officials, a former Colombian soldier accused of being one of nearly two dozen former soldiers from that country involved in the murder. Was. He appeared in a federal court in Miami on Tuesday, where he faced conspiracy to murder and other charges. He did not file the petition.

Haitian authorities have arrested some 44 people who have been accused of participating in a plot to kill Mr. No one has been charged in Haiti. Those arrested include 18 former Colombian soldiers, members of Mr Mose’s security detail, a former Haitian senator and a former Justice Ministry activist. The cause of the killing that shook Haiti remains unclear.

A high-ranking Dominican official said Mr. Jar had been hiding in Haiti and had recently entered the Dominican Republic, where he was quickly chased by intelligence agents. The arrest was first reported by the Miami Herald.

The senior officer said agents followed Mr. Jar in the hope that he would lead him to other people who may be involved in the murder. But they feared for Mr. Jar’s safety and took him into custody.

“We had information that he might be killed,” the senior officer said. “He is a key figure in understanding what happened.”

The senior official said Mr Czar had “many enemies” in Haiti and feared for his life if he returned there. Mr. Jar was not available for comment, and it could not be determined whether he had a lawyer.

The senior official also said it was too early to tell whether Mr. Jar could be sent to US Dominican authorities to determine whether Mr. Jar is wanted in the US for alleged crimes related to murder, the official said.

A Haitian police report alleged that Mr. Jar played a central role in the assassination plot, which said he was involved in distributing weapons, vehicles and equipment, such as bulletproof vests, used by the attackers in the attack on the presidential compound. was in charge of. According to eyewitnesses interviewed in the police report, the team that attacked the compound had left Mr. Jar’s house, which was used to hoard weapons.

Court records show that Mr. Jar—known as “Whiskey”—was a significant drug smuggler in Haiti who helped import at least seven tons of cocaine to the US between 1998 and 2012.

After his arrest in May 2000 for his alleged involvement in money laundering, Mr. Jar worked as an informant for the DEA for the next 12 years, court documents show. In 2013, court records showed, he pleaded guilty to drug trafficking in federal court in Miami after he stole 50 kilograms of cocaine from a load that helped DEA agents seize it. He was released from prison in 2016 and deported to Haiti.

Write José de Córdoba at [email protected] and Juan Forero at [email protected]

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