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Haitian-Chilean Citizen Sentenced to Federal Prison in Connection with Plot to Kill Haitian President

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Florida

MIAMI – Rodolphe Jaar, 49, was sentenced to life in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Jose E. Martinez for his participation in the events leading to the July 7, 2021, assassination of President Jovenel Moïse of Haiti, after pleading guilty on March 24.

From at least February to July 2021, South Florida served as a central location for planning and financing the plot to oust President Moïse from power and replace him with someone who would serve the coconspirators’ political goals and financial interests. Jaar helped secure weapons and provided other support. 

U.S. Attorney Markenzy Lapointe for the Southern District of Florida, Assistant Attorney General Matthew G. Olsen of the Justice Department’s National Security Division, Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey B. Veltri of the FBI, Miami Field Office, and Special Agent in Charge Anthony Salisbury of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Miami, announced the sentence imposed by U.S. District Judge Martinez.

FBI Miami and HSI Miami investigated this case, with valuable assistance provided by Department of State, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security Office of Export Enforcement, and the Department of Defense’s Criminal Investigative Service.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Andrea Goldbarg and Monica Castro of the Southern District of Florida, Trial Attorneys Frank Russo and Jessica Fender of the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section, and Emma Ellenrieder of the National Security Division’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section are prosecuting this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua Paster is handling asset forfeiture. The Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs provided valuable assistance.

Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at or at under case number 22-cr-20104.



Public Affairs Unit

U.S. Attorney’s Office

Southern District of Florida

Updated June 13, 2023

National Security
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