PORT-AU-PRINCE (AP) – A Haitian businessman living in Florida has been arrested and, according to authorities, one of the key actors in the assassination of Haitian President Joanel Moss on Monday.
Haitian authorities identified the suspect as 62-year-old Christian Emmanuel Sanon, who once said in a video posted on YouTube that he wanted to lead his country. However, he is not known in the country’s political circles, and those close to him have pointed out that he was misled by those who were really responsible for the assassination of President Moss, and that his wife Martin was hospitalized in Miami last week.
A friend of Sanon’s in Florida told the Associated Press that the prisoner was an evangelical pastor and a licensed physician in Haiti, but not in the United States. Speaking anonymously for security reasons, the relative said Sanon said he had been contacted by people claiming to represent the U.S. State Department and the judiciary who want to establish him as head of the Caribbean nation.
He said the plan was for Moss to be arrested and not killed, and that Sanon would not have participated if he had known the president would lose his life.
“I guarantee it,” the friend said. “This should be a mission to save Haiti from hell with the support of the US government.”
For his part, the Rev. Fr. Larry Caldwell, who said he worked with Chanan to build churches and medical clinics in Haiti from 2000 to 2010, echoed those sentiments. He also did not believe that Sanon was involved in the violence.
“I know the nature of man,” Caldwell said. “Take such a man and then tell him that he was involved in a heinous murder. Do you know that being associated with it will send him to the pit of hell? … If there is a man, help his country, it will be Christian.”
Haitian National Police Chief Leon Charles said Mosin’s assassins were protecting Sanon, accusing him of working with plotters to assassinate him.
U.S. Charles said officers found a cap with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) logo, 20 boxes of ammunition, gun parts, four Dominican Republic license plates, two cars and correspondence. Among other things, Sanon’s home in Haiti.
Six former Colombian soldiers are suspected of the murder, and 23 others have been arrested along with Haitians. Charles said five suspects were still adults and at least three were killed.
“They are dangerous people,” Charles said. “I’m talking about commands, special commands.”
Meanwhile, Colombian National Police Chief General George Luis Vargas used a Florida CDU security guard to purchase 19 airline tickets from Bogota to Santo Domingo for the suspects. Colombians. Vargas said most came to the Dominican Republic in June and emigrated to Haiti in a few weeks.
Dmitry Heard, the head of public security at Haiti’s National Palace, said he had traveled to Colombia, Ecuador and Panama in the months leading up to the killings and that Colombian police were investigating whether he had anything to do with the recruitment. Mercenaries. In Haiti, prosecutors are trying to question Heard about the murder.
Charles said Sanon was in contact with CDU security and that the company had included suspects in the murder. He said Sanon flew to Haiti on a private jet in June and was accompanied by several attackers.
The suspects’ original intent was to protect Sanan, but then they received a new order: Arrest the president, Charles said.
“The operation started from there,” he said, adding that 22 more suspects joined the group.
Following Mosin’s murder, one of the suspects contacted Sanon by phone, two of whom he believed were masterminds of the plot. He did not identify them or tell police they knew who they were.
Fox reported in Washington, D.C. Spencer in Ft. Lauderdale. Associated Press journalists Manuel Ruda in Bogot, Colombia, and Evans Sanon in Port-au-Prince contributed to the report.