Authorities said they detained a Haitian, living in the US state of Florida, whom they accuse of hiring mercenaries to remove and replace the president.
Moise was shot dead Wednesday morning at his home in Port-au-Prince by what Haitian authorities describe as an assassin unit made up of 26 Colombians and two Haitian-Americans.
National police chief Léon Charles told a press conference on Sunday that the arrested man, Christian Emmanuel Sanon, 63, had flown to Haiti accompanied by security officers hired on board. a private jet in early June and wanted to take the presidency.
He is said to have hired Colombian mercenaries through a Venezuelan private security company based in Florida.
The doctor is the third US resident of Haitian descent – and the 21st person in total – to be detained as a suspect in the case.
Charles did not explain Sanon’s motives beyond saying they were political.
“The mission of these attackers was initially to ensure the safety of Emmanuel Sanon, but later the mission was changed,” Charles said.
Charles added that among the items found by officers at Sanon’s home in Haiti was a hat bearing the US Drug Enforcement Administration logo, 20 boxes of bullets, gun parts, four number plates. People’s Republic car registration.
Haitian police arrested 18 Colombians and three Haitian-Americans, including Sanon, for the murder, Charles said. Five Colombians are still at large and three have been killed, he added.
The suspected killers told investigators they were there to arrest him, not kill him, the Miami Herald and a person familiar with the matter said on Sunday.