Florida Doctor Arrested in Haiti as Alleged Mastermind in Moise’s Murder

Christian Emmanuel Sanon, prominent Haitian doctor with long-standing ties to South Florida, was arrested and named the mastermind behind the murder of President Jovenel Moise, becoming the third US-linked suspect in the alleged plot, the Miami Herald reports.

It’s still unclear if Sanon (63) actually holds US citizenship, but a man with that name has over a dozen various businesses – including medical services, energy and real estate companies – registered in his name in Florida over the past 20 years, although most are now listed as inactive.

It is believed that he allegedly plotted to depose and detain President Moise and to install himself as president, but at some point the original plan went south. At the same time, he was the first person one of the suspects called after being captured.

Police chief Leon Charles informed on Sunday that Sanon arrived by private plane in June with political objectives and contacted a private security firm to recruit the Colombian nationals who committed the murder. Sanon also made contact with two other people who are recognized as masterminds of the act.

Moise’s assassination triggered even more political chaos in Haiti, after which the authorities were forced to ask both the US and the United Nations for security and military aid. The US refuted the request for troops, but has sent a team of security and law enforcement experts to Haiti to help with the investigation.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby confirmed on Sunday that an inter-agency team largely from the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI are heading down to Haiti to help in the investigative process.

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