Haitian Officials Say U.S.-Based Suspect in Assassination Was Seeking Power
The national police chief indicated that he believes a Florida-based doctor, Christian Emmanuel Sanon, was plotting to assume the presidency. The U.S. dispatched a team to assist in the investigation.
One of the Haitian-American suspects arrested in connection with the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise had worked as an informant for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
Haitian officials are also looking into whether the nation’s security apparatus was involved in the assassination, and have asked the U.S. for military help. A Biden administration official said there were no plans to send in U.S. troops at this time.
The charred shells of three burned-out cars marked the road to the president’s house on Friday in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Just up the hill, former leader Jovenel Moise had been murdered in his bedroom two days earlier, in an otherwise quiet neighborhood of big houses and high walls topped with barbed wire and overhanging flowers.