The US indicted four other men for the assassination of the Haitian president: they have already been extradited
The defendants – three Haitian-Americans and one Colombian – were detained on the Caribbean island for the assassination of Jovenel Moise in July 2021 in Port-au-Prince. Three of them could receive life imprisonment and the other up to 20 years in prison
Former Haitian president Jovenel Moise was assassinated in July 2021 at his private residence in Port-au-Prince (REUTERS/Ricardo Arduengo)
The Justice Department reported Tuesday that The United States filed criminal charges against four other men for the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise. Following this decision, the defendants – three Haitian-Americans and one Colombian – were extradited to the northern country.
In this way, the four men, who were detained in Haiti, will appear on Wednesday before a federal judge in Miami, who will hand down the charges against them, as detailed in a statement by the US Department of Justice.
Months ago, three other men were already transferred to the United States to be prosecuted for this murder.
Jovenel Moïse, 53, was shot dead by an armed commando in July 2021 at his private residence in Port-au-Prince, without the intervention of his bodyguards.
His death further aggravated the chaos in which the Caribbean country is plunged.
The suspects in the assassination of Haitian president Jovenel Moïse, including James Solages and Joseph Vincent, top two from left to right (AP Photo/Odelyn Joseph)
After the president's assassination, Haitian police quickly arrested about 40 suspects, including 20 former Colombian soldiers, whom they say were recruited by a Florida-based security firm, CTU.
For this reason, the US justice, competent to judge the conspiracies hatched in its territory, took charge of the case.
The suspects extradited this Tuesday are the Haitian-Americans James Solages, 37, and Joseph Vincent, 57, as well as Colombian Germán Rivera, 44, charged with “conspiracy to commit murder or kidnapping outside United States territory.”
Also listed is Christian Sanon, a 54-year-old man with double US-Haitian nationality and “political ambitions” in Haiti who is accused of “illegal export of US goods”.
Specifically, the US justice system accuses James Solages and Christian Sanon of having spoken, during a meeting in Florida in April 2021, of a regime change in Haiti.
At the end of The meeting shared a list of weapons, including rifles, machine guns, and grenades.
Haiti remains in deep social and political chaos, and with high levels of violence and insecurity due to the growing power of armed groups (REUTERS/Ralph Tedy Erol)
A month later, Christian Sanon ordered equipment for his “private militia”, a force of about twenty Colombians led by Germán Rivera and that would supposedly guarantee his security in Haiti.
In June he sent about twenty bulletproof vests to Haiti without comply with US customs formalities.
According to US authorities, James Solages, Joseph Vincent and German Rivera met on July 6, 2021 near the president's house to distribute weapons and the first announced that the objective of the mission was to kill Jovenel Moïse.
The three men face life imprisonment and Christian Sanon faces 20 years in prison.
(With information from AFP)