The Department of Justice said on Tuesday The United States has filed criminal charges against four more people in connection with the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise. Following the decision, the defendants — three Haitian-Americans and one Colombian — were deported to the northern country.
In this way, the four men detained in Haiti will appear before a federal judge in Miami on Wednesday, who will issue charges against them, according to a statement from the US Department of Justice.
A few months ago, three others had already been extradited to the United States to face prosecution for the murder.
Jovenal Moise, 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 worsened the chaos engulfing the Caribbean nation.
After the president’s assassination, Haitian police quickly arrested about 40 suspects, including 20 former Colombian soldiers.
For this reason, the American judge, competent to judge conspiracies hatched in his territory, took charge of the case.
The suspects deported this Tuesday are Haitian-Americans James Solages37 years old, and Joseph Vincent57, as well as the Colombian German river44, charged with “conspiracy to commit murder or kidnapping outside the territory of the United States.”
Also figure Christian SanonA 54-year-old US-Haitian dual citizen and a man with “political aspirations” in Haiti was charged with “illegal exportation of US goods”.
Specifically, the US Justice Department alleges that James Solages and Christian Sanon spoke about regime change in Haiti at a meeting in Florida in April 2021.
At the end of the meeting they shared a list of weapons including rifles, machine guns and grenades.
A month later, Christian Sanon ordered the equipment for his “private fighters”, which were to be led by German Rivera, about twenty Colombians, and to guarantee his safety in Haiti.
In June, it shipped about twenty bulletproof vests to Haiti without complying with US customs formalities.
According to US officials, James Solages, Joseph Vincent and German Rivera met on July 6, 2021 near the president’s house to distribute weapons, and the former announced that the mission was to kill Jovenal Moises.
Three men emerge Life sentence And to Christian Sanon 20 years From prison.
(With information from AFP)
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