More than four months after the assassination of President Moïse, the Haitian justice system continues to hear witnesses and presumed members of the armed commando. The sponsors and motives of this crime are still unknown, but the case is moving forward. As proof, a suspect has just been arrested in Turkey.
Samir Handal was arrested upon arrival at Istanbul airport where he was supposed to transit, apparently having Jordan as his final destination. According to the Turkish news agency DHA, he was traveling with Haitian and Jordanian passports as well as a Palestinian Authority passport.
After the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse on July 7, the Haitian police issued a wanted notice against him for « assassination, attempted assassination and armed robbery », stating that the individual was considered « dangerous and armed ».
Samir Handal was arrested more than 9,000 kilometers from Port-au-Prince. But this arrest raises questions: how was he able to board a commercial flight in Miami without being arrested?
There is also the question of extradition. An alleged member of the commando that killed Jovenel Moïse was arrested in Jamaica last month, but in the absence of an agreement with Haiti, he is about to be sent back to Colombia, his country of origin.