The Haitian-Chilean Rudolf Jaar, accused in the US of participating in the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise in July last year, confessed that he provided arms and ammunition to Colombians and tried to help them hide in embassies of other countries after the assassination.
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Jaar, 49 years old and arrested since Wednesday in Miami, will have a detention hearing next Wednesday, January 26, and another in which he will be formally read the charges next February 3.
The Haitian-Chilean, who appeared Thursday at a first court hearing before Judge Lauren Fleischer Louis, invoked the right to remain silent, according to court documents. However, according to the indictment, released this Friday, he confessed to the US authorities who participated in the assassination in a “voluntary statement” on December 9.
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“Jaar admitted that he provided firearms and ammunition to Colombians to support the assassination operation,” the document details. “He admitted to having tried to help co-conspirator number 1 and the Colombians, directing them to hide them in the embassy of another country in Haiti,” it adds.
According to the indictment, the man said the operation changed from an arrest to a murder after the initial plan to “capture” the president at the airport and fly him away fell through. The Haitian-Chilean faces charges of “conspiring to commit murder or kidnapping outside the United States and providing material support resulting in death.”
is the second person who faces an accusation in the United States for the assassination of Haiti after the Colombian ex-military Mario Antonio Palacios was accused of that crime on January 4 in a Miami court. Jaar was arrested in the Dominican Republic and agreed to travel to the United States, detailed the Prosecutor’s Office.
If convicted, Jaar faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
After the murder, this man allegedly contacted another accomplice (referred to in the complaint as Conspirator #1) and others to help while they hid from Haitian authorities.
According to the US Attorney’s Office, the defendant and others, including a group of approximately 20 Colombian citizens and several Haitian-Americans, participated in a plot to kidnap or kill the Haitian president. He underlines that Jaar was present when conspirator number 1 obtained the signature of a former judge Haitian in a written request for assistance in furthering the arrest and imprisonment of President Moise.
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