(CMR) A former senator who is wanted in relation to the July 7 killing of President Jovenel Moïse has been arrested in Jamaica. John Joël Joseph, who was arrested on Saturday, is the second person who fled Haiti to Jamaica after the assassination of Moise.
In late October, Jamaican authorities arrested former Colombian soldier Mario Antonio Palacios Palacios, who was also wanted in relation to the assassination.
Palacios was recently extradited by the U.S. and awaiting another court hearing after being charged with conspiracy to commit murder or kidnapping outside the United States and with providing material support resulting in death, knowing or intending that such material support would be used to prepare for or carry out the conspiracy to kill or kidnap.
Joseph was arrested along with other people who the authorities were trying to determine whether or not they were his family members.
Joseph is a Haitian politician and opponent of the Tet Kale party that Moïse belonged to.
Among those celebrating the arrest was Claude Joseph, Haiti's former minister of foreign affairs who briefly served as interim prime minister following Moïse's killing.
More than 40 people, including 18 former Colombian soldiers, have been arrested in the killing of Moïse, who was shot several times at his private residence in an attack that also injured his wife, Martine Moïse.
Colombian government officials have said that the majority of former soldiers were duped and did not know about the actual mission. The soldiers, who remain in prison in Haiti, have accused authorities of torture, while the Colombian government recently said the country's consul in Haiti was threatened after trying to provide humanitarian assistance.