/ 13 July 2021

Presidential murder plot thickens

A Haitian man suspected of playing a key role in last week’s assassination of President Jovenel Moïse has been arrested. In a blockbuster-worthy plot, authorities say Florida-based Christian Emmanuel Sanon wanted to become president and recruited the mostly Colombian men who stormed Moïse’s private residence last week from a US-based Venezuelan security firm. He had promised to make them his bodyguards, reports say. Twenty-one suspects have been arrested so far, with Haitian police working with Colombian officials to get to the bottom of the plot. The murder has left a power vacuum in Haiti with interim PM Claude Joseph fending off multiple challenges to his leadership, and gang violence erupting in the streets of the nation’s capital Port-au-Prince.

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