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Reports: Haiti judge dismisses presidential assassination case

6 months ago the Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated. Despite dozens of arrests, no one has been brought to justice in Haiti. Now the second judge responsible has already given up the case.

An honor guard was present at the funeral of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse about 6 months ago.

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In the case of the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, Garry Orélien, as the second judge in charge, has handed in the case, according to media reports. He gave personal reasons, as reported by Haitian media, citing a letter from Orélien on Friday. According to a report by the RHI news agency, Orélien’s application for an extension of the statutory period of three months to complete the investigation was rejected. The human rights organization RNDDH had accused the judge of corruption.

Despite dozens of arrests, no one has been brought to justice in Haiti, more than six months after Moïse’s murder. However, this month in the US city of Miami, two extradited suspects – a Colombian and a Haitian-Chilean dual citizen – have been charged with conspiracy to murder or kidnapping, among other charges, following their arrests in Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.

Moïse was shot dead on the night of July 7 last year at his residence in Port-au-Prince. Around 20 Colombian mercenaries and several Haitian-American dual citizens are said to have been involved. Investigators in the US assume that the original plan was to kidnap Moïse. The background of the fact is still unclear.

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