It has been revealed that the Florida doctor who was arrested over the assassination of Haitian president Jovenel Moise campaigned to replace the slain leader with the backing of a key UN figure.
Christian Emmanuel Sanon, a Haitian who has lived in the US since the late 70s, has been named as mastermind of Moise’s assassination. He is suspected of being ‘one of the leaders’ behind the shooting and the attempted killing of the president wife Martine last week.
Haitian police say he entered the country last month on a private jet ‘with the intention of taking the Haitian Presidency’ although they are yet to back their accusations with hard evidence.
DailyMail reported that Sanon’s ambitions to reform his poverty-stricken homeland date back to February 2011 when he launched a website entitled ‘Dr Christian Sanon Leadership pour Haiti’.
The site has since vanished but archived web pages from 2011 to 2016 include a portal for donations, a ‘plan for Haiti’, and news updates on Sanon’s efforts to build clinics in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake.
Sanon’s goals became more explicit last month with the launch of another website – Haitianlivesmatter – which specifically called for the ouster of Moise, who was shot at least 12 times on July 7 and had an eye gouged out.
A letter addressed to Julie Chung, Acting Assistant Secretary for the State’s Department’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, says: ‘Our own democracy has now been taken. We are no longer free but instead are controlled by the authoritarianism of Jovenel Moise.
‘Moise has stolen the democracy Haitians died to create. He has “unchecked’ executive power … Moise has shown he intends to use his power, intimidation and unending wide scale brutality to broaden and extend his control of Haiti by establishing a new “Constitution” in just a few weeks.
‘Even worse, this “Constitution” would provide impunity for his crimes. If this ‘Constitution’ is ‘enacted,’ it will be without legitimate legal authority, it would contravene elections and the current ‘crisis’ could ‘morph’ into violent and deadly pandemonium throughout Haiti.
‘We pray this does not happen, but time is running out; as you know, a “fuse” has been burning since February 7! Something must be done soon.
‘Haitians are thoroughly convinced that even IF elections were ever organized by the current administration, these “elections” would be not be fair and therefore they would compound the current crisis.
‘Thus, as you say, Haiti is “paralyzed”: no elections cause chaos, but, fair elections organized by the current administration are widely believed to be unrealistic. Therefore … Haiti needs a transitional government to restore Haiti’s democracy and freedom.’
The letter – signed ‘The People of Haiti’ – includes a decree explaining how Sanon was picked to be interim leader after ‘extensive consultations’ with leading political, religious, and business figures.
On Saturday Haitian authorities said the suspects were a unit of assassins made up of 26 Colombians and two Haitian Americans. Five Colombians are still on the loose