A Haitian doctor with long-standing ties to South Florida has been linked to the assassination of President Jovenel Moise of Haiti last week. According to the Miami Herald, Christian Emmanuel Sanon, who has lived in Florida on and off for more than two decades, is suspected of being one of the hit squad’s ringleaders.
Sanon is the third person of Haitian ancestry and resident of Florida to be identified as involved in the assassination, the Herald reported. The two others – James Solages, 35, and Joseph Vincent, 55, admitted under interrogation that the assassination was part of a scheme to install Sanon as Haiti’s new president.
They stated that the goal was not to assassinate Moise but to present him with a 2019 arrest warrant and transport him to the presidential palace, where Sanon would assume his place.
In an interview with the Herald, Haiti National Police Chief Leon Charles stated that the conspiracy involved “two Haitian Americans and a high-profile doctor there,” but did not name Sanon. “I would say that the Haitian (doctor) recruited the men, who in turn signed up a group of Colombian nationals for the operations,” the Police said.
A total of 26 people carried out the attack, 19 of whom are now in custody, and the remainder were slain during a police raid. Officials described the assassins as well-trained “foreign mercenaries,” with the assassination further destabilizing the politically unstable nation.
Moise, 53, was killed in his house by a group of armed men posing as US Drug Enforcement Administration officials. Martine Moise, 47, the first lady of Haiti, was gravely injured in the incident.
According to the Herald, Sanon has registered more than a dozen businesses in Florida over the years, including medical services, energy, and real estate firms, although most of these are now inactive.
Sanon describes himself as a doctor, but the outlet could not find a medical license record for him in Florida. According to court records, Sanon filed for bankruptcy in Tampa in 2013 and lost a property in Brandon to foreclosure with debts totaling more than $400,000.