Florida-based Haitian-born doctor arrested as a suspect in the murder of assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, Haitian authorities said at a press conference on Sunday.
The doctor, Christian Emmanuel Sanon, 63, is now the third suspect of Haitian origin with links to the United States to be arrested.
The head of the Haitian national police, Léon Charles, described Mr. Sanon as a central figure behind the assassination of the president.
“He arrived by private plane in June with political objectives and contacted a private security company to recruit the people who committed this act,” said the police chief. The company, he said, was a US-based Venezuelan security company called CTU.
Two Americans arrested last week said they were not in the room when the president was killed and had only worked as translators for the squad, according to a Haitian judge who questioned them. They had met other participants at an upscale hotel on the outskirts of Pétionville in Port-au-Prince to plan the attack. The aim was not to kill the president, they said, but to bring him to the national palace.
One of the Americans has been identified as James j solages, 35, US citizen who lived in South Florida and previously worked as a security guard at the Canadian Embassy in Haiti. The other has been identified as Joseph Vincent, 55.
Other suspects include 18 Colombians, most of them former soldiers.