Four suspects in US custody to face criminal charges over killing of Haitian president

Late Haitian President, Jovenel Moïse.

Four suspects in US custody to face criminal charges over killing of Haitian president

Four key suspects in the July 7, 2021, assassination of Haitian President, Jovenel Moïse, were transferred from Haiti to the United States on Tuesday to face criminal charges, the US Justice Department has announced.

A total of seven suspects in the case are now in US custody. Dozens of others still languish in Haiti’s main penitentiary, which is severely overcrowded and often lacks food and water for inmates.

The department on Tuesday said Haitian-American dual citizens James Solages, 37 and Joseph Vincent, 57, and Colombian citizen German Alejandro Rivera Garcia, 44, have been charged with conspiring to commit murder or kidnapping outside the United States.

A fourth man, Haitian American Christian Sanon, 54, is charged with smuggling ballistic vests from the United States to Haiti for use in the assassination plot.

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The four will appear in federal court in Miami on Wednesday.

The US Justice Department has already charged three others in the assassination, with Sanon, who the department called an “aspiring political candidate,” a key leader of the operation.

It said Sanon recruited about 20 Colombians with military training, led by Rivera Garcia, to help carry out the assassination.

The Colombian squad shot Moïse dead on the night of July 6 to 7, 2021 in his private residence in the capital, Port-au-Prince.

“On July 6, 2021, Solages, Vincent, Rivera and others met at a house near President Moise’s residence, where firearms and equipment were distributed and Solages announced that the mission was to kill President Moïse,” the department alleged.


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