Assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse: a suspect arrested in Turkey

Jovenel Moïse was killed on the night of July 6 to 7, 2021, in his private residence.

The Haitian president was 53 years old.

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More than four months after the assassination of President Moïse, Haitian justice continues to hear witnesses and alleged members of the armed commando.

The sponsors and motives of this crime are still unknown, but the case is moving forward.

As proof, a suspect has just been arrested in Turkey.


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With our correspondent in Port-au-Prince,

Amélie Baron

Samir Handal was arrested on his arrival at Istanbul airport where he was to transit, apparently having Jordan as his final destination.

According to the Turkish news agency DHA, he was traveling in possession of Haitian and Jordanian passports as well as a passport of the Palestinian Authority.


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on July 7, the Haitian police had issued a wanted notice against him for "assassination, attempted assassination and armed robbery", specifying that the individual was considered " 

dangerous and armed


It was therefore more than 9,000 kilometers from Port-au-Prince that Samir Handal was arrested.

But this arrest raises questions: one wonders in particular how he was able to board a flight from a commercial company in Miami without being arrested?

Now there is also the question of extradition.

A suspected member of the commando who killed Jovenel Moïse was arrested in Jamaica last month, but for lack of an agreement on the matter with Haiti, he is said to be on the verge of being returned to Colombia, his country of origin.

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