Per the Associated Press, Haitian gang leader Germine ‘Yonyon’ Joly has been charged with the kidnapping of 17 Christian missionaries last year. The 29-year-old leader of the 400 Mawozo gang is the first person charged in connection with the kidnapping of 16 U.S missionaries and one Canadian missionary in October 2021 according to report from CBC NEWS.

Joly was extradited to the U.S last week, and the indictment noted that he was in a Haitian prison at the time of the kidnapping. Prosecutors allege that Joly directed his gang to carry out the kidnapping while he was still behind bars. His victims included 12 adults and five minors.