The New York Times’ Anatoly Kurmanaev broke the story on Monday.
These disclosures reported in the Time are based on conversations with Rodolphe Jaar, who is identified as “a Haitian businessman and former drug trafficker”. [who] admitted that they helped fund and plan the plot.”
The assassination of President Jovenel Moïse in July further confused an already troubled nation, with many of its public institutions in tatters, a capital besieged by gangs, a collapsing economy and the few elected leaders remaining in the country. country struggle for control of the government.
Henry’s ascent to Prime Minister promised to close some of the gaps, earn pledges of support from abroad and potentially pave the way towards elections. He promised to bring the killers to justice, curb violence and usher in a period of political unity.
But the investigation into the murder stalled and soon after, concerns arose about Mr Henry’s commitment to solve the murder. They deal with his connection to Joseph Felix Badio, a former Justice Department official who is wanted by the Haitian authorities on suspicion of organizing the attack that killed Mr Moïse.
The Time report claims Badio had contact with Henry both before and after the murder, according to Jaar. Jaar has reportedly just been arrested in the Dominican Republic.
An official who was not allowed to speak publicly about the case said that Rodolphe Jaar was being treated as a US prisoner and arrested by order of US authorities.
The official said Jaar was arrested Friday when he tried to enter the Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti.
Jaar has not been formally charged. It was not immediately clear whether he had a lawyer or would be extradited to another country.
US officials declined to comment and said the investigation is continuing. Haitian authorities could not be reached for comment.
The Dominican Republic’s foreign ministry said it was waiting for permission to discuss the matter.
Daniel Foote was the former Biden appointee United States Special Envoy to Haiti. He resigned in September, citing the Biden administration’s inhumane Haitian deportation policy, and has called on the government to continue contact with Henry.
US support for Henry annoyed many Haitian observers, including Foote, who saw in the movement reflections of past instances of failed US diplomacy in the country.
“It became clear to me that the United States would just support Ariel Henry unless he died or something. That they were just behind him and they had put all their chips behind him,” Foote said.
“And so I thought, you know what, I’m not going to change this from the inside. Nobody listens. The only way – and probably not even this will change it – but I can keep the dream alive. The only way to stay alive is if I go nuclear. You know, show the world what’s going on,” he added.
Foote makes some important points.
Unfortunately, it appears that the Biden administration has no plans to change its current toxic Haitian policies. This is no surprise given the history of both sides when it comes to interference in Haiti.
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