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Family of Haiti president murder suspect seeks protection


Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was interviewed in February 2020 at his Pétionville household, the place, far more than a year later on, he was assassinated.


The fate of an accused suspect and previous politician in the murder of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse has as soon as extra been put on keep when authorities in Jamaica ponder no matter if to grant his wife and two children asylum.

Previous Haitian Senator John Joël Joseph, who has been billed with illegal entry into Jamaica following he, his wife and two sons had been arrested final month in rural St. Elizabeth parish, was explained to by a judge Tuesday to return to courtroom on March 3. This is the second time that Joseph, whose journey paperwork list his previous identify as John, has experienced his circumstance postponed.

Throughout an preliminary appearance right after his arrest, his case was pushed back again to February 15 following his attorney, Donahue Martin, questioned the courtroom for more time.

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

“They have a nicely-started dread that if they are returned to Haiti they would be subjected to persecution and functions of violence,” Martin stated.

Attaining refugee standing in Jamaica is extremely exceptional. Jamaica’s Ministry of National Safety will will need to convene a committee, which will then figure out if the a few are qualified to remain in the region as refugees.

Martin would not remark on the position of John Joël Joseph, who is the issue of an arrest warrant in Haiti and was among the various suspects at massive when he and his household had been arrested at a household by users of the Counter Terrorism & Structured Criminal offense Unit and the St. Elizabeth divisional law enforcement.

U.S. authorities, however, have their eyes on Joseph and FBI agents have already started out interviewing him, in accordance to sources familiar with the situation.

Haitian police allege that Joseph was in speak to with various of the suspects jailed in connection with the assassination plot and attended conferences about the attack. A 124-web page Haiti National Police investigative report attained by the Herald also accused him of shelling out for the rental motor vehicles that ended up to be made use of in the assassination.

Joseph was the second vital suspect in Moïse’s July 7 assassination to be taken into custody in Jamaica immediately after arriving by boat and making use of a well known “Guns for Ganja” legal route concerning Haiti’s southern coastline and the country’s English-speaking Caribbean neighbor to escape authorities after months of hiding in Haiti.

In October, Mario Antonio Palacios Palacios, 43, a retired Colombian sergeant, was arrested in Kingston soon after being tracked there by U.S. Homeland Security Investigations agents. He experienced formerly concealed in Haiti for months.

Palacios is currently in U.S. federal custody right after becoming detained in Panama very last month even though on his way again to Colombia after a decide in Jamaica ordered his deportation.

This tale was originally released February 15, 2022 4:01 PM.

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Jacqueline Charles has reported on Haiti and the English-talking Caribbean for the Miami Herald for around a decade. 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.