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Jovenel Moïse murder: Suspect arrested in Istanbul Airport

Updated: Nov 19


Turkish authorities have issued a 40-day temporary custody order for a man considered a suspect in the July 7 assassination of President Jovenel Moïse and placed him in a prison in Istanbul, Turkey’s state-run news agency reported.


The suspect, businessman Samir Handal, was detained at Istanbul Airport early on Monday while in transit from the United States to Jordan, Anadolu Agency reported. His arrest was announced by authorities in Haiti.


Foreign Minister Claude Joseph said on Twitter that he spoke with his Turkish counterpart about Handal’s arrest. Joseph provided no more information, including whether Haiti would seek the man’s extradition.


Anadolu Agency said Samir Handal was wanted on an Interpol notice and detained by airport police on arrival in Istanbul. He was later questioned by court officials who issued the 40-day temporary custody order which was requested by Turkey’s Justice Ministry, the report said.


He is currently in Istanbul’s Maltepe prison, the agency reported.


Handal has been mentioned as a suspect in the plot to kill the Haitian president, although the government has not given any specifics about his alleged involvement.


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