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Joseph Felix Badio is a key suspect in the July 7, 2021 assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise. (Photo via CMC)

Haiti: Former anti-corruption officer arrested for assassination

October 22, 2023

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, Oct 20, CMC – The Central Directorate of the Judicial Police is questioning Joseph Felix Badio, a key suspect in the July 7, 2021 assassination of President Jovenel Moise.

Badio, 60, a former official of the Anti-Corruption Unit, who was dismissed on May 17, 2021, for serious breaches of ethical rules, is suspected of ordering the assassination of President  Moise and had been on the run since his murder at his private residence overlooking the capital, Port au Prince.

Moise was murdered in his bedroom by Colombian mercenaries in 2021. Most have since been arrested or killed.

Badio is accused of ordering hitmen to carry out the attack. He is charged with murder, attempted murder and armed robbery.

Spokesperson for the Haitian National Police (PNH), Inspector Gary Desrosiers, confirmed that Badio was caught as he was driving out of a supermarket car park in the capital.

Media reports said that some of the hitmen arrested hours after the killing alleged that Badio, , had given them their orders.

The Justice Department in Washington has accused several South Florida businessmen of orchestrating the assassination so they could install a puppet as president and secure lucrative contracts with the Haitian government.

No U.S. charges have been announced against Badio, who owns a house in Rockland County, N.Y, but others implicated in the case have been convicted in the US. They include John Joel Joseph, a former Haitian senator, and Haitian-Chilean businessman Rodolphe Jaar.

The US has also accused Venezuelan-American Antonio Intriago, the owner of Florida-based CTU Security, of hiring the hitmen. He faces a number of charges including conspiracy to kill or kidnap.

Moise’s assassination led to increased instability in the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country and the United Nations Security Council recently ratified deploying an international force to be led by Kenya to help restore peace and security in the country.

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