Turkey arrests wanted Haitian businessman in murder of Moses



PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) – A Haitian businessman considered a suspect in the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse on July 7 has been arrested in Turkey, Haitian authorities said on Monday.

Haitian Foreign Minister Claude Joseph said on his Twitter account that he had spoken with his Turkish counterpart about the arrest of Samir Handal, but did not give more details, including whether Haiti would ask for it. extradition of the man.

Handal has been mentioned as a suspect in the plot to kill the president, although the government has given no details of his alleged involvement.

More than 40 suspects have been arrested so far in the presidential murder, including 18 former Colombian soldiers and several Haitian police officers. Colombian authorities said the majority of its former soldiers did not know the true nature of the operation they were hired to participate in.

In October, another Colombian was arrested in Jamaica.

Moïse was shot dead at his private home in a pre-dawn attack in which his wife, Martine Moïse, was injured.

The presidential murder exacerbated political instability in the country, which has also since been trying to recover from a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that killed more than 2,200 people in the southwest region of Haiti in mid-August, a spike in gang violence and a severe fuel shortage.

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