One of the alleged instigators of the assassination of the president of Haiti was arrested

One of the alleged instigators of the assassination of the president of Haiti was arrested

The man is a Haitian resident in Florida and allegedly hired some of the attackers as his bodyguards, according to police

Press conference by Haitian police chief Leon Charles (photo: Valerie Baeriswyl / Afp via Getty Images) Haitian police arrested a man accused of having played a role in organizing the attack that killed President Jovenel Moïse and injured his wife a few days ago. In a press conference organized Sunday evening in the capital Port-au-Prince, the arrest of Christian Emmanuel Sanon, a 63-year-old Haitian, self-styled doctor, was announced, who according to the authorities would arrive on July 7 from Florida by plane. >
Haitian police chief, Léon Charles, accused Sanon of being an intermediary between the perpetrators and the masterminds of Moïse's killing. Charles reported that after the attack one of the attackers had tried to get in touch with Sanon and that "he then contacted two other people who we consider the masterminds of the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse". The arrested man allegedly recruited some of the assailants with the promise of hiring them as his bodyguards, but the orders would later change.

According to the police, Sanon's goal was to become president . Charles, however, argued that the plan was to arrest Moïse and not kill him.

An armed commando made up of 28 people broke into the president's home around 1:00 am on Wednesday 7 July, opening fire about him and his wife. According to the police, the attack was carried out by Colombian mercenaries and two US citizens, but several doubts were expressed about this reconstruction.

Eighteen Colombians have been arrested in connection with the attack, along with three Haitian citizens. Charles said five of the suspects were still at large and at least three had been killed.

The reasons that led to Moïse's killing are still not entirely clear, nor have the police made it known how the assault group managed to enter the presidential residence.

Even if Moïse's death did not pave the way for a coup d'état, there is concern for the democratic stability of a poor and fragile country like Haiti. The interim prime minister, Claude Joseph, is currently in command with the help of the police and the army. Meanwhile, government officials have requested military assistance from the United States and the United Nations

Haiti has been the scene of disputes between the government and the opposition over the length of Moïse's mandate since the beginning of the year. The elections that should have been held in 2019 have been postponed and Moïse planned to partially change Haiti's institutional set-up with a referendum next September.

In February, hundreds of protesters took to the streets demanding his resignation after the government arrested 23 people, including a Supreme Court judge and a senior police officer. Moïse accused the opposition of organizing a plan to assassinate him.

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