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Man wanted in Moïse assassination being held “illegally” in Turkey, family says

“He’s stuck in no man’s land,” his close family member says.

Samir Handal
Samir Handal is still being held in Turkish detention despite a court ordering his release. Photo courtesy of Samir Handal’s relative

The Haitian Times 


Earlier this month, courts in Turkey ordered Samir Handal to be released after not finding sufficient reasons from Haiti for his extradition in the Jovenel Moïse assassination case. But more than three weeks later, his family says, Turkey has not released the Jordanian-Haitian businessman.

In an exclusive interview with The Haitian Times, a close family member, who asked that her name not be disclosed for safety reasons, said Handal is now being held illegally after being set to return to Miami. 

“It’s a form of kidnapping…He’s illegally being held in Turkey right now,” Handal’s family member said. 

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