In a US federal court on Friday, a convicted cocaine dealer admitted to taking part in the 2021 assassination of the president of Haiti.
According to court documents, Rodolphe Jaar, 50, pleaded guilty in Miami to plotting to offer material assistance, doing so, and conspiring to abduct and assassinate President Jovenel Mose.
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The first of 11 suspects prosecuted in the United States who were found guilty in the scheme was Jaar, a Haitian and Chilean. The date of his sentence is June 2.
Numerous people have been detained in Haiti, but due to death threats that have alarmed local judges, the cases are all but deadlocked.
On July 7, 2021, Mose was shot 12 times in his house in a neighborhood close to Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti.
While the killing took place in Haiti, the majority of the planning and money, according to the prosecution, took place in South Florida. According to the authorities, the first idea was to kidnap Mose weeks earlier and fly him to an unknown area, but that failed when the suspects were unable to get a plane or enough weapons.
Jaar allegedly gave Colombian commandos and others food, accommodation, and access to weapons. Jaar has offered material to help federal investigators strengthen their cases against the other 10 suspects held in US custody as part of a bargain with prosecutors.
Jaar was previously found guilty of distributing cocaine in 2013 and given a four-year, three-month jail term.