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Third Haitian Involved in Assassination of President Moise Captured

According to police commissioner Leon Charles: “Christian Emmanuel Sanon was in contact with a Venezuelan company that specializes in security, based in the United States”

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Haitian police captured a third Haitian citizen implicated in the assassination of President Jovenel Moise. He is Dr. Christian Emmanuel Sanon, a 63-year-old man originally from Haiti, but who has been living in Florida for several years.

There are currently 18 detainees (16 Colombians and 2 Haitian-Americans) for the assassination of the Haitian president, and Sanon’s arrest would be the 19th arrest in this case. According to Haitian authorities, 8 other Colombians responsible for the crime are still at large.

According to the Director-General of the Haitian National Police, Leon Charles, Sanon “entered Haiti in a private plane […]. He hired an investigative firm to hire the mercenaries”. The police director also stated that Sanon allegedly entered the country at the beginning of June accompanied by some of the alleged Colombian mercenaries.

Soldados haitianos custodian el Juzgado de Puerto Príncipe donde varias figuras de la oposición, empresarios y miembros de las fuerzas armadas rinden indagatoria por el magnicidio del presidente de Haití. (EFE)
Haitian soldiers guard the court in Port-au-Prince where several opposition figures, businessmen and members of the armed forces are being investigated for the assassination of Haiti’s president. (EFE)

The Haitian police revealed that compromising material was found in Sanon’s residence in Haiti, such as “a cap with the DEA logo stamped on it, 6 pistol holsters, 20 boxes of cartridges, 4 car license plates from the Dominican Republic, pistol magazines without ammunition, 24 unused shooting targets, 2 vehicles and correspondence addressed to various sectors of the country.”

According to Commissioner Charles: “Christian Emmanuel Sanon was in contact with a Venezuelan company that specializes in security, based in the United States.”

The security company contacted by Emmanuel Sanon

The company Charles refers to is called CTU Security, and is a company specializing in security, whose president is Venezuelan Antonio Intriago, who founded it in 2008. Intriago has been related to other entities such as the Counter Terrorist Unit Federal Academy, the National Council of Venezuelan-Americans, and the Doral Food Corporation.

The company’s website lists two addresses, one in a gray warehouse where no evidence of its owner was found, and the other in a suite in the name of another company a couple of blocks from where the warehouse is located.

Charles claims that mercenaries hired by CTU contacted Sanon in the middle of the chase with Haitian security forces, and Sanon allegedly contacted two other people later whose names the Haitian police have not disclosed, but according to the Commissioner would be the brains behind President Moïse’s assassination.

CTi Security les habría ofrecido de $2,700 a $3,000 al mes a los mercenarios colombianos para prestar labores de seguridad para personas de alto rango en Haití. (EFE)
CTi Security would have offered Colombian mercenaries $2,700 to $3,000 a month to provide security for high-ranking individuals in Haiti. (EFE)

Soldiers implicated in the assassination of President Moise

CTU Security was allegedly in charge of bringing together the group of Colombian ex-military personnel accused of committing the assassination, through retired Colonel Carlos Giovanny Guerrero Torres, who offered the mercenaries $2,700 to $3,000 per month to provide escorts and security for important figures in Haiti.

According to Semana magazine, it is possible that some of the Colombian ex-soldiers had no knowledge of the attack on Moise, and according to the sister of one of the soldiers killed in Haiti, Duberney Capador, he contacted his family hours after the assassination, where he told them what had happened: “unfortunately, we were late, the person we were going to take care of, we could not do anything”, said Capador.

Capador’s sister, Jenny Carolina, said that later in the morning she had contact again with her brother who told her: “we are cornered, they have us locked up and they are shooting at us (…) we are going to negotiate our exit.”

According to Carolina: “Until 5:50 I wrote to him to see how he was doing and he told me he was fine, from then on I never heard from my brother again.”

The others implicated in the investigation of the assassination of the President

The Haitian justice has issued precautionary measures to the officers of the presidential security, although the officers are not in solitary confinement, their service weapons were confiscated and they are currently under interrogation.

El senador opositor Steven Benoit rindió declaraciones ante el Juzgado de Primera Instancia de Puerto Príncipe. El senador sostuvo en medios de prensa que los mercenarios colombianos podrían ser inocentes. (EFE)
Opposition senator Steven Benoit testified before the Court of First Instance of Port-au-Prince. The senator maintained in the media that the Colombian mercenaries could be innocent. (EFE)

The prosecutor in charge of the case at the Court of First Instance of Port-au-Prince, Bed-Ford Claude, interrogated the head of the Presidential Guard, Pierre Osman Léandre, and on July 13 his subordinate Dimitri Hérard will be interrogated, who traveled to Colombia several times in the last months, and had even arrived in the Dominican Republic on a flight from Bogotá a couple of days before the arrival of the Colombian mercenaries in Punta Cana.

The first court of Port-au-Prince also summoned for questioning the political leader Réginald Boulos, the businessmen Dimitri Vorbe and Jean Marie Vorbe, and the opposition leaders Youri Latortue and Steven Benoit, the latter affirming that the Colombian mercenaries could be innocent and the real responsible for the assassination of the Haitian president would be his own presidential guard.

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