Authorities said they arrested a Haitian man living in the U.S. state of Florida on Sunday.
Haitian police have arrested one of the alleged brains behind the assassination of President Jovenel Moise.
Authorities said they arrested a Haitian man living in the state of Florida in the United States, whom they accuse of hiring mercenaries to remove and replace the president.
Moise was shot dead Wednesday at his home in Port-au-Prince by what Haitian authorities describe as a unit of assassins made up of 26 Colombians and two Haitian-Americans.
National Police Chief Leon Charles told a news conference Sunday that the arrested man, Christian Emmanuel Sanon, 63, flew to Haiti accompanied by security guards hired on a private jet in early June. he wanted to assume the office of president.
He allegedly hired Colombian mercenaries through a private Venezuelan security company based in Florida.
The doctor is the third resident in the United States of Haitian descent – and the 21st person in general – to be arrested as a suspect in the case.
Charles did not explain Sanon’s motives beyond saying they were politicians.
“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 were a hat with the U.S. Drug Administration logo, 20 bullet boxes, gun parts, four U.S. license plates. Dominican Republic, two cars and correspondence with people identifiers.
Haitian police have arrested 18 Colombians and three Haitian-Americans, including Sanon, for the murder, Charles said. Five Colombians are still at large and three died, he added.
The alleged killers told investigators they were there to arrest him, not kill him, the Miami Herald and a person familiar with the matter said Sunday.