US Extradites 4 Suspects of Haitian President’s Assassination
The United States authorities have extradited 4 individuals to the US from Haiti in connection to the assassination of former Haitian President Jovenel Moïse in July 2021. This Tuesday (01.31.2023), three Haitian-Americans, James Solages, 37, Joseph Vincent, 57, and Colombian Germán Rivera, 44 were apprehended and will appear before a federal judge in Miami on Wednesday.
The accused Christian Sanon, 54, a US-Haitian dual citizen and reportedly involved in “illegal export of goods from the US” is also included. US justice accused Solages and Sanon of discussing regime change in Haiti in an April 2021 meeting wherein a list of weapons including rifles, machine guns, and grenades were allegedly shared.
According to US authorities, the 4 men had a pre-meditated plan to assassinate President Moïse. Solages and Vincent along with Germán Rivera allegedly met July 6 nearby the president’s house to distribute weapons and the former announced the mission’s objective of killing Moïse. The four men are exposed to life imprisonment while Sanon faces a possible 20 years in prison.
Recently, three other men were extradited to the United States to be prosecuted for the same. Moïse, 53, was gunned down by a commando at his private residence in the Haitian capital without interference of his bodyguards. This assassination further deepened chaos in the Caribbean country. Haitian police rapidly detained almost 40 suspects, including 20 ex-Colombian military personnel they deemed were recruited by a Florida-based firm CTU.