Florida doctor arrested for allegedly playing a leading role in the assassination of Haiti’s president

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Florida doctor arrested for allegedly playing a leading role in the assassination of Haiti’s president

Leon Charles. Valerie Pereswell/AFP via Getty Images

Haitian National Police Chief Leon Charles announced Sunday that 63-year-old doctor Christian Emmanuel Sanon, a Florida-based physician, suspected of playing a key role in last week’s assassination of President Jovenel Moyes, has been arrested.

Moyes was shot dead by gunmen who entered his home early Wednesday morning. Charles said Sanon flew to Haiti in June and had “political goals”. He alleged that Sanon used a security company to recruit some of the men involved in the assassination, and told them that they would act as his bodyguards.

Haitian authorities say the assassination squad that carried out the assassination consisted of 28 people, mostly from Colombia. So far, Haitian police have arrested 21 people in connection with Moyes’ assassination, including two Haitian Americans who allegedly worked as interpreters for the Colombians.

Police said that after Moss’ death, Sanon had intended to take over the presidency, Washington Post reports. Under Haiti’s constitution, the chief justice is the president’s successor, but the chief justice recently died of COVID-19 and has not been replaced. There are many people fighting to be Haiti’s leader, including Claude Joseph, the acting prime minister, and neurosurgeon Ariel Henri, whom Moise appointed prime minister shortly before his assassination. On Friday, Haitian senators voted, not working, and named its leader, Joseph Lambert, the acting president of Haiti.

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