4 extra charged in Haiti assassination plot in opposition to President Jovenel Moïse


The Justice Department introduced Tuesday that it has charged 4 extra males in reference to the July 2021 assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse that threw the Caribbean nation into constitutional chaos.

Aspiring Haitian politician Christian Sanon, 54, was charged with smuggling 20 ballistic vests from South Florida to Haiti on June 10, 2021, “for use by his private military forces,” officers stated in a information launch.

The three others — Haitian American twin residents James Solages, 37, and Joseph Vincent, 57, together with 44-year-old Colombian citizen German Alejandro Rivera Garcia — have been charged with conspiring to commit homicide or kidnapping outdoors the United States and offering materials assist and assets towards the trouble, officers stated.

Vincent’s protection lawyer Regina de Moraes instructed the Miami Herald that Vincent was completely happy to be in American custody and out of a Haitian jail: “The conditions of his imprisonment in Haiti were the equivalent of torture. My client has always been forthcoming with his knowledge of the events leading up to the tragic death of President Moïse.”

Visual timeline: The assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse

The Justice Department laid out its allegations on how the boys deliberate and executed their operation.

The males met in South Florida in April 2021 to “discuss regime change in Haiti and support for Sanon, an aspiring Haitian political candidate.” After the assembly, “a list of equipment and weapons needed for the regime change operation” was shared with Solages, who then shared it with Sanon. The record included rifles, machine weapons, tear fuel, grenades, ammunition, and bulletproof vests, the Justice Department stated.

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Sanon in May 2021 began buying tools to assist his “private military” forces, which included about 20 Colombian nationals with army coaching, recruited to assist the operation and supply safety for Sanon, authorities stated. Rivera allegedly led the Colombian group.

In mid-June 2021, a former Haitian Supreme Court decide allegedly signed a doc asking for assist to arrest and imprison Moïse, which “claimed to provide immunity in Haiti to those who participated in the operation.”

On June 19, 2021, Solages, Vincent and Rivera together with others mentioned a plan to seize Moïse and fly him to an unknown location, however couldn’t get a aircraft and weapons, in line with the Justice Department.

Every week later, investigators wrote, Solages traveled from Haiti to South Florida and shared with others paperwork allegedly signed by the Haitian decide “requesting assistance and immunity. Solages flew back to Haiti on July 1, 2021, to participate in the operation against the President.”

Solages, Vincent, Rivera and others met on July 6, 2021, at a home close to Moïse’s residence “where firearms and equipment were distributed and Solages announced that the mission was to kill President Moïse.”

The subsequent day, a number of individuals in ballistic vests entered the president’s house and killed him. Moïse’s assassination punctuated months of political instability and gang violence within the nation of 11 million individuals.

Solages, Vincent and Rivera face life in jail if convicted, in line with the information launch. Sanon faces as much as 20 years if convicted.

The 4 males are scheduled to make their preliminary courtroom appearances Wednesday earlier than U.S. Magistrate Judge Alicia Otazo-Reyes in Miami.

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Three others — Mario Antonio Palacios Palacios, 43, Rodolphe Jaar, 49, and Joseph Joel John, 51 — are already in U.S. custody on fees linked to the assassination.

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