Jamaica Police said former senator John Joël Joseph and others were arrested and that authorities were trying to determine whether they are family members.
Haiti's National Police has said that a former senator who is a prominent suspect in the July 7 killing of President Jovenel Moise has been arrested in Jamaica.
Police spokesman Gary Desrosiers told The Associated Press on Saturday that John Joel Joseph was in custody. No further information was immediately available.
Meanwhile, Jamaica Police Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay told the AP that other people were arrested along with Joseph and that authorities were trying to determine whether they are family members. She said they were arrested before dawn on Saturday and declined to share other details.
"For more than one reason, we’re not sharing more information," she said.
Joseph is a Haitian politician and opponent of the Tet Kale party that Moise belonged to.
“One more suspect has been apprehended. One more opportunity to shed light on my husband’s murder,” tweeted Martine Moise, who was injured in the shooting. “In Haiti or elsewhere, the tracking of the wanted must continue so that all the sponsors and perpetrators of this heinous crime are punished.”
Yon lòt sispèk anba kòd. Se yon opòtinite pou limyè blayi sou asasina mari m. An Ayiti tankou nan tout lòt peyi, pouswit yo dwe kontinye pou tout komanditè ak otè krim malveyan sila a, jwenn sanksyon yo merite.— Martine Moïse (@martinejmoise) January 15, 2022
A still-unreleased police report obtained by the AP quoted various sources as saying Joseph had several links to the attack, with at least one identifying him among the leaders of it.
The sources said Joseph paid in cash for rental cars used by the attackers and had met with other suspects ahead of the killing, including Christian Emmanuel Sanon, a Haitian businessman and evangelical pastor who had expressed desire to lead his country.
Associates have suggested that Sanon was duped by the true masterminds of the assassination. He was arrested shortly after the killing.
The report also stated that the former senator introduced other suspects to Joseph Badio, an alleged leader of of the plot who previously worked for Haiti’s Ministry of Justice and the government’s anti-corruption unit until he was fired.
It said phone records show James Solages, a Haitian-American arrested in the case, had a WhatsApp conversation with Joseph regarding preparations for the mission. And it said that Solage told authorities that Joseph, Badio and Rodolphe Jaar — a Haitian citizen and former US government informant arrested January 7 in the Dominican Republic — were among those appointed leaders of the operation.
Badio remains a fugitive, while Dominican officials say Jaar was arrested there at the request of US authorities.
Among those celebrating the arrest was Claude Joseph, Haiti’s former minister of foreign affairs who briefly served as interim prime minister following Moïse’s killing.
“The arrest of John Joel Joseph shows that there will be no hiding place for those who are directly or indirectly involved in the assassination,” he wrote, saying that the international effort he initiated continues to bear fruit.
The 122-page police report said authorities visited at least three homes from July 10 to July 21 in efforts to track down John Joël Joseph, finding nothing except for four 12-gauge rifles, ammunition and firearms accessories in the first house that was under his name.
It’s not immediately clear where the former Haitian senator arrested in Jamaica will be taken.