PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — A former Haitian official considered one of the main suspects in the 2021 assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse He was arrested on Thursday in the capital of Haiti after two years on the run.the police reported.
Joseph Badio He was arrested in the Petion Vile neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, said National Police spokesman Garry Desrosiers.
Badio worked for Haiti’s Justice Ministry and in the government’s anti-corruption unit until he was fired for alleged violations of unspecified ethical standards weeks before the murder.
Moïse was shot 12 in his home on July 7, 2021, plunging Haiti into a political crisis.
Several people had been arrested after Moïse’s murder, including 11 men who are now in United States custody.. US prosecutors have alleged that there was a plot between conspirators in both Haiti and Florida to hire mercenaries in order to remove Moïse and benefit from the contracts of a successor administration.
Among the people detained after the murder are 18 former Colombian soldiers who are under arrest in Haiti.
Since the murder, The Caribbean country has also experienced a increase in gang violence which led the prime minister to request the deployment of an armed force. The UN Security Council finally approved in early October the sending of a multinational force led by Kenya to help combat the gangs.
Kenya has not set a date for the deployment.