Florida-based doctor arrested, accused of playing leading role in assassination of Haiti's president

Léon Charles.
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Haitian National Police Chief Léon Charles announced on Sunday that 63-year-old Christian Emmanuel Sanon, a doctor based in Florida, is suspected of playing a major role in last week's assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, and has been arrested.

Moïse was shot and killed by gunmen who entered his home early last Wednesday morning. Charles said Sanon flew into Haiti in June and had "political objectives." He alleged that Sanon used a security firm to recruit some of the men involved in the assassination, telling them they would work as his bodyguards.

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Catherine Garcia, The Week US

Catherine Garcia is night editor for TheWeek.com. Her writing and reporting has appeared in Entertainment Weekly and EW.com, The New York Times, The Book of Jezebel, and other publications. A Southern California native, Catherine is a graduate of the University of Redlands and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.