Haitian defendant in president’s murder appears to be cooperating with U.S. investigators
A convicted Haitian drug trafficker who voluntarily flew to Miami to face new charges in the assassination of Haiti’s president agreed Wednesday to be detained and appears to be cooperating with U.S. investigators as they zero in on a network of foreign and South Florida suspects.
Rodolphe Jaar, a former Drug Enforcement Administration informant, is accused of playing a central role in providing housing, weapons and other support to a group of Colombian commandos suspected of murdering Jovenel Moïse in his home outside Port-au-Prince in July.
Jaar’s assistant public defender Joaquin Padilla told a magistrate judge Wednesday that for now he would not contest his detention before trial and that he also would not challenge a criminal complaint filed last week before his arrest. Magistrate Judge Lisette Reid ordered Jaar’s detention before trial and scheduled his next court appearance for late February, when it will become clearer whether he will continue to negotiate a plea deal or opt to face a grand jury indictment.
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