Haiti: ‘Key suspect’ to President Jovenel Moïse’s assassination detained

According to the Police in Haiti, a doctor believed to be a key suspect in organising last week’s assassination of President Jovenel Moïse has been arrested.

The Police said Christian Emmanuel Sanon, a 63-year-old Haitian national, arrived in Haiti on a private jet in early June with “political motives”.

Mr Moïse, 53, was murdered at his residence on July 7 by 28 foreign mercenaries, the police earlier reported.

His wife was injured in the attack and was later flown to the US for medication.

Later, Martine Moïse narrated the moment assassins “riddled” her husband with bullets after breaking into their home in the middle of the night.

She said the invasion transpired so hastily, her husband Jovenel was unable to “say a single word”.

The detention of Mr Sanon was confirmed at a police briefing late on Sunday in the capital Port-au-Prince.

“This is an individual who entered Haiti on a private plane with political objectives,” Haiti’s police chief Leon Charles said.

Charles said the initial plan had been to arrest President Moïse, but “the mission then changed”. He did not elaborate.

“When we, the police, blocked the progress of these bandits after they committed their crime, the first person that one of the assailants called was Christian Emmanuel Sanon,” said Mr Charles.

“He contacted two other people that we consider to be the masterminds of the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse,” the police chief did not say who the other two people were.

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