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Haitian police have arrested the alleged mastermind behind the plot to kill President Jovenel Moise and overthrow the Haitian government.

Christian Emmanuel Sanon, a Haitian-born doctor, was arrested on Sunday on suspicion of masterminding the presidential assassination.

On Sunday, National police chief Leon Charles announced Sanon, 63, allegedly recruited mercenaries out of South Florida to protect himself.

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President Moise, 53, was murdered in his private home on Wednesday, July 7. His wife, Martine Moise, was wounded. The first lady is in stable condition at a Miami hospital.

Sanon flew to Haiti by private plane in June. He then contacted South Florida CTU Security firm to provide personal security.

However, in July the team’s mission changed. They were given new orders to arrest President Moise.

“The initial mission that was given to these assailants was to protect the individual named Emmanuel Sanon, but afterward, the mission changed,” police chief Charles said.

In a video posted on YouTube, Sanon implied he would become president of Haiti.

“With me in power, you are going to have to tell me, ‘What are you doing with my uranium? What are you going to do with the oil that we have in the country? What are you going to do with the gold? We need a new leadership that will change the way of life.”

Within hours of Moise’s death, police and civilians rounded up the alleged assassins, including Americans James Solages, 35, and Joseph G. Vincent, 55, and eighteen Colombians. Five assassins remain at large and three were killed by police.


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