Haitian-Chilean businessman Rodolphe Jaar, who was sentenced in June to life imprisonment, and retired Colombian army officer German Rivera, who is awaiting sentencing, have been found guilty of participating in the murder.
The Haitian authorities have confirmed the arrest by the Haitian Police of Joseph Felix Badio, a former agent of the Anti-Corruption Unit, who had been dismissed for ethical misconduct. Badio is the main suspect of having planned the July 2021 assassination of President Jovenel Moïse.
Badio is one of several high-profile suspects who remained in hiding more than two years after the murder. There has long been speculation that he was the key person behind the scenes or a possible mastermind.
If he cooperates, he could help investigators in Haiti and in the United States, where a parallel FBI investigation is underway, to learn the truth about the plot to kill Moïse, who ordered the murder and why.
The judge in charge of the Haitian investigation, Walther Wesser Voltaire, will most likely want to question Badio, unless an agreement has already been reached with US authorities to extradite him to Miami to face charges.
Claude Joseph, ancien Premier ministre sous le règne du défunt Jovenel Moïse, félicite la Police Nationale d'Haïti pour l'arrestation de Joseph Felix Badio hier 19 octobre, à Pétion Ville, en dépit des diverses accusations et plaintes déposées......A lire sur #Netalkolemedia pic.twitter.com/kx6QWXFuc6— NetAlKole Media (@netalkole) October 20, 2023
The tweet reads, "Claude Joseph, former Prime Minister under the late Jovenel Moïse, congratulates the Haitian National Police on the arrest of Joseph Felix Badio yesterday, October 19, in Pétion Ville, despite various accusations and complaints."
On the other hand, the former Haitian senator, Joseph Joel John, has admitted, before a U.S. court, to having collaborated in the assassination.
On July 7, 2021, Jovenel Moïse was brutally tortured and subsequently murdered in his residence by a group of mercenaries, including Colombians and former members of the U.S. secret services. Moïse's wife Martine Moïse was also seriously injured.
In addition to John, the other two defendants, who have already been convicted of involvement in the murder, are Haitian-Chilean businessman Rodolphe Jaar, who was sentenced in June to life imprisonment, and retired Colombian army officer German Rivera, who is awaiting sentencing.