A 19th Colombian suspect has been arrested in the July slaying of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse.
On Thursday, the Associated Press reported that a police superintendent in Jamaica said authorities have arrested a Colombian man in connection with the murder of Moïse.
According to Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, local Jamaican officials are still in the process of making calls to different embassies and ministers of foreign affairs to confirm details regarding the suspect. Lindsay also said police will release more information regarding the suspect in the coming days.
Nearly 40 suspects have been detained in the presidential slaying including 18 former Colombian soldiers and numerous Haitian police officers. Law enforcement is also looking for others in the killing of Moïse, including a former Haitian senator and Joseph Badio, who once worked for Haiti’s Ministry of Justice.
Badio was fired in May 2021, after being accused of violating unspecified ethical rules.
On July 7, Moïse was assassinated by a group of armed intruders. Haitian first lady Martine Moïse was also injured during the attack and underwent surgery in Miami, Florida, on July 10. She spoke out in an audio message that was posted on Twitter regarding the impact of her husband’s assassination and her plans to move forward in his honor.
“This act has no name. To assassinate a president like Jovenel Moïse without having given him the chance to say even a little word, you have to be a hardened criminal,” said Moïse. “We know who the president was fighting against. They sent mercenaries to kill the president and his family at his home for roads, water, electricity, the referendum and the elections at the end of the year in order to avoid a transition to the country.”
“I’m going to redouble my efforts because the battle he was fighting was not his; he was fighting for us. We must continue. You know that I love you, I will not give up,” Moïse concluded.
In September, Moïse stated that she plans to stay in Haiti despite rumblings of a second possible assassination attempt on her life.
“What other place do I have?” Moïse told WPLG in a broadcast interview on September 15. “Home is home. Home may be hell, but it’s home.”
Newsweek has reached out to the Haiti Support Group for further comment.
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