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Police search for businessman in Canada in Haitian president’s murder probe

Port-au-Prince, July 17 (EFE).- Police Saturday issued a search warrant for a Haitian businessman living in Canada over his suspected involvement in the July 7 assassination of President Jovenel Moise.

Police identified the new suspect in the high-profile probe as Ashkard Joseph Pierre.

The authorities consider him “very dangerous” and are likely to press murder and armed robbery charges against him.

A police spokesperson confirmed to EFE that they were looking for Pierre in connection with the assassination of Moise.

The spokesperson did not divulge more details about the suspect.

Pierre is listed as a partner of another suspect, Christian Emmanuel Sanon, a Florida-based doctor, a central figure in the probe into the assassination of Moise.

Haitian authorities allege that Sanon, a resident of the United States, masterminded the assassination plot.

The 63-year-old Haitian-American, a self-described evangelical pastor, is now under arrest in Haiti.

Sanon, a complete unknown in Haitian politics, said in a YouTube video that he aspired to lead the country of his birth.

But many people wonder where he got the money to hire the gunmen because he has declared bankruptcy in the US.

Haitian authorities say that 28 people took part in the attack on Moise’s private residence.

The assailants identified themselves to the president’s security guards as agents of the US Drug Enforcement Administration.

The police have arrested 18 Colombians and five Haitian-Americans for their alleged role in the audacious assassination of the president at his home on July 7 morning.

Three Colombians died in shootouts with the police, and five are on the run.

Police have issued search and arrest warrants against five more Haitians accused of participating in the execution of the attack. EFE

Authorities in Colombia have said the Colombian nationals held for the murder of Moise told investigators that the order for the murder came from a former official of the Haiti justice ministry. EFE


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