jovenel moise haiti president
Haiti's President Jovenel Moise speaks during an interview with Reuters at the National Palace of Port-au-Prince. Photo credit: Reuters

Multiple arrests were made in Haiti on July 7, following the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse earlier that day. 

The president was assassinated around 1 a.m. by unidentified gunmen at his residence in Pelerin, Port-au-Prince. No official suspects have been named, but authorities in the country have made multiple arrests that may be connected to the slaying.

Here is a list of arrests made so far. The Haitian Times will update this list as more information becomes available. 

  • Frantz Exantus, Haiti’s communication secretary, said on Twitter that “suspected assassins” of Moïse were apprehended by the National Police on the evening of July 7. He did not share further details or identify the suspects. Authorities also said later Wednesday that four suspects have been killed and two arrested. 
  • Residents arrested two suspects at Morne Calvaire, an area in Port-au-Prince on July 8. Police officers later transported the suspects to a nearby police station in Pétion-Ville.
  • Jean Rebel Dorcenat, who served as the president’s liaison to Haiti’s gangs, was reportedly detained for questioning near the border with the Dominican Republic. It is unclear if the arrest was made in connection with Moïse’s death. 

Last updated: July 8, 2021, 11:45 a.m.

Sam is a reporter for The Haitian Times and a 2020 Report for America corps member. He has covered Haiti and its diaspora since 2018. His work has also appeared in USA Today, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Haiti Liberte. Sam can be reached at or on Twitter @sambojarski.

Email me at
Onz Chery is a Haiti correspondent for The Haitian Times. Chery started his journalism career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He later wrote for First Touch, local soccer leagues in New York and Elite Sports New York before joining The Haitian Times in 2019.

Join the Conversation

1 Comment

  1. Why does the Country have to suffer for over 50 years for incompetence, corruption and every other malady the reason is clear a democratic and strong Haiti is not in the best interest of USA , Who owns the mineral rights to gold, diamonds, bauxite, petroleum and rare earth find that out and you will unearth the real power in Haiti and don’t overlook the Clintons , specifically Hillary’s brother rumors are he is a citizen of Haiti so he can purchase land or property in question for those mineral rights
    The Foundation received billions of dollars in post earthquake donations where is the money follow it and see who manipulates the uneducated and starving people of Haiti

Leave a comment

Leave a Reply