The arrest of a failed Florida businessman in the assassination of Haiti’s president has deepened the mystery into an already convoluted plot. Christian Emmanuel Sanon is a 62-year-old Haitian who expressed a desire to lead his country in a YouTube video. But he is unknown in Haitian political circles, and those who know him suggest he was duped in by whoever masterminded the assassination of Jovenel Moïse. The head of Haiti’s police on Sunday accused Sanon of working with those who plotted and participated in Moïse’s killing, but gave no information on the purported masterminds.
Jovenel Moïse’s assassination on July 7 shook Haiti last week, and sent shockwaves across the globe. He was shot dead by a group of armed individuals who entered his private residence in the dead of night. BBC reported that the group had 28 foreign mercenaries, including retired Colombian soldiers, and were all involved in the murder, according to the Haitian National Police. Four suspects were killed by police and a couple of them are now being sought by the police after a gun battle where 17 were detained at the house they were camping at and others were detained after entering Taiwan’s diplomatic compound.
Moïse was found lying on his back with 12 bullet wounds and his left eye crushed. The flesh from one of his arms was torn because of the bullet wounds and the slain President of the crisis-stricken nation was found with his mouth gaping open. James J. Solages, an American “mercenary” and ex-chief of security at the Canadian embassy in Haiti was among one of the six “assassins” detained in connection with Moïse’s death on July 8. Another Haitian-American suspect booked in the assassination is Joseph Vincent from Miami. A judge investigating the assassination said Solages and Vincent were hired as ‘translators’ to take Moïse into custody. New information released by Haitian National Police reveals Haitian-born Florida-based doctor Christian Emmanuel Sanon as the “central” suspect in Moïse’s killing. A police official during the press conference said he believed Sanon was plotting to become Haiti’s new president