US Informant Given Life Over Death of Haitian President

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( – On Friday, Rudolphe Jarr, a former United States informant and dual citizen of Haiti and Chile, was sentenced in connection to the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse in 2021. Jarr, 51, who had pleaded guilty in a U.S. federal court in Miami of conspiring to provide material support, as well as conspiring to kidnap and kill Moïse and providing material support, was sentenced to life in prison. Jarr had given food, shelter, and weapons to Colombian soldiers and others who were directly involved with the plan. He has also agreed to provide federal prosecutors with information that will help them build the case they will bring forth against other defendants.

Ten other defendants have also been charged in relation to Moïse’s assassination, while dozens of others have been arrested in Haiti. Following a 10-minute hearing, U.S. District Judge José Martínez ruled that Jarr would be given the maximum sentence.

Prosecutors have stated that most of the planning for the assassination took place in South Florida and that originally the plan was to kidnap Moïse and move him to an unidentified location by plane. However, they were unable to find the weapons or the plane required to carry out the plan. Allegedly, the perpetrators all were looking to win contracts from Moïse’s successor.

Following the judge’s ruling, Jarr was given two weeks to appeal the decision. He has not yet decided whether or not he will appeal. He has also previously been convicted of drug trafficking in 2013 and has faced more than four years in prison.

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