A Haitian-born doctor based in Florida has been arrested as a suspect in the killing of assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, the Haitian authorities said at a news conference Sunday.
The doctor, Christian Emmanuel Sanon, 63, is now the third Haitian-born suspect with U.S. ties to be arrested.
Haitian National police chief Leon Charles painted Mr. Sanon as a central figure behind the president’s assassination.
“He arrived by private plane in June with political objectives and contacted a private security firm to recruit the people who committed this act,” the police chief said. The firm, he said, was a Venezuelan security company based in the United States called CTU.
Two Americans arrested last week have said that they were not in the room when the president was killed and that they had worked only as translators for the hit squad, according to a Haitian judge who interviewed them. They had met with other participants at an upscale hotel in the Pétionville suburb of Port-au-Prince to plan the attack. The goal was not to kill the president, they said, but to bring him to the national palace.
One of the Americans was identified as James J. Solages, 35, a U.S. citizen who lived in South Florida and previously worked as a security guard at the Canadian Embassy in Haiti. The other was identified as Joseph Vincent, 55.
Other suspects include 18 Colombian men, most of them former soldiers.