Florida resident arrested as key suspect in Haiti assassination – .

Florida resident arrested as key suspect in Haiti assassination – .

PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITITI – The latest suspect held amid the search for brains and killers in the murder of President Jovenel Moïse is a Haitian in his 60s living in Florida who poses as a doctor and has accused the leaders of his homeland of corruption.

Police identified the man on Sunday evening as Christian Emmanuel Sanon and said the alleged killers of Moses were protecting him.

Haitian police chief Léon Charles accused Sanon of working with those who plotted and participated in the murder of Moses, which stunned the nation of more than 11 million people. He gave no information about the alleged brains.

Charles said that among the items found by officers at the Sanon home in Haiti was a hat bearing the US Drug Enforcement Administration logo, 20 boxes of bullets, gun parts, four plates of Dominican Republic registration, two cars and correspondence with unidentified persons.

“We continue to make progress,” Charles said of police efforts to resolve Wednesday morning’s brazen attack on Moïse’s private home that killed the president and seriously injured his wife, Martine, who is hospitalized in Miami.

Charles said Sanon was in contact with a company that provides security for politicians and recruited murder suspects. He said Sanon traveled to Haiti on a private jet accompanied by several of the suspected gunmen.

The gunmen’s initial mission was to protect Sanon, but then they were given a new order: arrest the president, Charles said.

“The operation started from there,” he said, adding that 22 additional suspects joined the group and contacts were made with Haitian citizens.

A total of 26 Colombians are believed to have killed the president. Eighteen of them were arrested, as well as three Haitians. Charles said five of the suspects were still at large and at least three had been killed.

“They are dangerous individuals,” Charles said. “I’m talking about a commando, a specialized commando. “

Charles said that after Moses’ death, one of the suspects telephoned Sanon, who then contacted two people believed to be the intellectual authors of the plot. He hasn’t identified the brains or said whether the police know who they are.

The police chief said Haitian authorities obtained the information during questioning and other parts of the investigation. He added that police were working with high-ranking Colombian officials to identify details of the alleged plot, especially when the suspects left Colombia and paid for their tickets.

Sanon lived in Broward County, Florida, as well as Hillsborough County on the Gulf Coast. Records show he also lived in Kansas City, Missouri. He filed for bankruptcy in 2013 and identifies himself as a doctor in a YouTube video titled “Leadership for Haiti”.

However, records show that Sanon was never licensed to practice medicine in Florida or any other profession covered by the state Department of Health.

In the video, he denounces Haiti’s rulers as corrupt, accusing them of stripping the country of its resources, saying “they don’t care about the country, they don’t care about the people.”

He claims Haiti has uranium, oil and other resources that were taken by government officials.

“It’s a country with resources,” he says. “Nine million people cannot be in poverty when we have so many resources in the country. It’s impossible. … The world must stop doing what it is doing right now. We can’t take it anymore. We need new leadership that will change the way of life.

Sanon posted little on Twitter but expressed an interest in Haitian politics. In September 2010, he tweeted: “I just finished a successful conference in Port-au-Prince. Many people from the opposition attended. A month later, he wrote: “Back in Haiti for an important meeting regarding the election. Pray for me for protection and wisdom.

Sanon’s arrest comes as a growing number of politicians challenge Acting Prime Minister Claude Joseph, who is currently in charge of Haiti with help from the police and military.

Joseph said Moses’ wife had surgery on Saturday but was doing well, adding that the murder investigation remains a priority for the government.

“I congratulate the population for remaining calm,” he said on Sunday evening. “The plan was probably to kill the president and take the people to the streets and start looting. “

As the streets were quiet on Sunday, government officials are worried about what to expect and have requested military assistance from the United States and the UN.

“We still believe there is a path to chaos,” Haiti’s election minister Mathias Pierre told The Associated Press.

US officials recently arrived in Haiti, including representatives from the US Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security, met on Sunday with Joseph, designated Prime Minister Ariel Henry and Joseph Lambert, the head of Haiti’s dismantled Senate as supporters. have appointed provisional. president in a challenge to Joseph.

The meeting aimed to “encourage an open and constructive dialogue to reach a political agreement that can allow the country to hold free and fair elections,” according to a statement from the National Security Council of the White House.

The delegation also met with the Haitian National Police and reviewed the security of critical infrastructure, he said.

Pentagon chief spokesman John Kirby told Fox News on Sunday that the Pentagon was analyzing the request to send troops to Haiti and no decision had been made.

The United Nations has been involved in Haiti on and off since 1990, but the last United Nations peacekeepers left the country in 2017.


Associated Press editors Ben Fox in Washington and Evens Sanon in Port-au-Prince contributed to this report.


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