Haitian president assassination suspect Rodolphe Jar pleads not guilty

One of the prime suspects in the 2021 assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Mosse pleaded not guilty in federal court in Miami on Wednesday.

Businessman Rodolphe Jaar is charged with conspiracy to commit murder or kidnapping outside the United States. and to provide material assistance which resulted in death. If convicted, the jar faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

In a hearing that lasted less than five minutes in a federal court in downtown MiamiMagistrate Judge Chris M. McLee granted Jar’s guilty plea and his request for a jury trial.

The 49-year-old Jar was present during the hearing but did not say anything., His lawyer, Frank Schwartz, has asked the government to present whatever evidence he has.

The businessman, of dual Haitian and Chilean nationality, looked serious but calm. Her hair was tied in a small ponytail. and wore a beige prison uniform. He was handcuffed, with shackles at his ankles and a face mask that covered his beard.

His request came nearly a year after a squad reportedly made up of Colombian ex-servicemen, Haitian police officers and others descended on the president’s residence and They will kill him on July 7, 2021.

The Miami case involves three foreign defendants: Jar, Former Haitian senator John Joel Joseph and former Colombian soldier Mario Palacios, Meanwhile, the Haitian government has arrested more than 40 people, including 18 former Colombian soldiers, for their alleged involvement in the killing.

Jar, who remains in a federal prison in South Florida, arrived in the United States in January after being detained in the Dominican Republic. According to US officials, he voluntarily agreed to be transferred to Miami to face the charges.

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