Drug trafficker pleads guilty to involvement in Haitian president’s assassination

File – Funeral of Haitian President Jovenel Moise. – Europa Press/Contacto/Tcharly Coutin

Haitian drug trafficker Rodolphe Jaar pleaded guilty Friday to participating in the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise in July 2021.

Jaar confirmed before a federal court in Miami (USA) that he met with the Colombian ex-soldiers accused of conspiracy to kidnap and kill Moise, and that he provided them with money for weapons, food and lodging, according to the Univision network.

This is the first guilty plea in a case in which there are a total of eleven defendants, who face life imprisonment.

If he provides »substantial assistance» in the investigation, Jaar could receive a sentence of less than 30 years in prison. The remaining defendants will be tried in May, although the trial is expected to be delayed until late 2023.

In 2013, Jaar was arrested and convicted in Miami for trafficking at least seven tons of cocaine between 1998 and 2012. In 2000, he was arrested for money laundering and, for the next 12 years, worked as an undercover informant for the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) until they discovered that he diverted 50 kilograms of the cocaine he helped seize. He was released from prison in 2016 and deported to Haiti.