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Rodolphe Jaar pleads guilty in Haiti president’s assassination

The late former President of Haiti Jovenel Moise.

The late former President of Haiti Jovenel Moise.

Haitian-Chilean national Rodolphe Jaar pleaded guilty before a US judge on Friday to three counts relating to his role in the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise, who was killed at his home in July 2021, court documents showed.

Jaar is one of 11 defendants in the case, including businessmen accused of helping to obtain vehicles and firearms from Florida and former Colombian soldiers accused of gunning down Moise in his bedroom.

According to the US Department of Justice, Jaar had been charged with helping get arms to the Colombians who also lived in a home he controlled and helping them while they were in hiding from Haitian authorities.

He was arrested in January 2022 in the Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti.

Jaar’s sentencing, which could face life imprisonment, was set for June 2 in Miami, according to court documents.

Moise’s murder left a political vacuum in the Caribbean nation and emboldened powerful gangs that now effectively control large parts of the country and whose turf wars are fueling a humanitarian crisis that has displaced at least 160,000 people.

Jaar’s lawyer declined to comment.

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