At the beginning of July, a killer squad shot the President of Haiti in his home. His wife was in the same room. Now she reports for the first time from the night of the murder – and asks for answers.
Martine Moïse was shot and her mouth full of blood when the attackers murdered her husband, Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse. For the first time, the widow spoke to the “New York Times” about the night of the murder. According to the American newspaper, she wanted to talk about it because she did not believe that the investigation so far had actually answered the central question: who paid for and commissioned the murder of her husband?
Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse was attacked and shot dead by a heavily armed commando on the night of July 7th in his home in the capital Port-au-Prince. According to police, “26 Colombians and two US citizens of Haitian origin” belonged to the command. Accordingly, the parties involved include Colombian mercenaries, a Haitian doctor who lived in the United States, and an ex-Haitian Justice Department official. More than 20 people have been arrested since then.
Martine Moïse does not believe, however, that these are also the men who actually commissioned the murder. In an interview with the “New York Times”, she demands that the “mastermind” behind the attack must now be found.
People are queuing for food: The security situation in Haiti is unstable. (Source: Fernando Llano / AP / dpa)
The murder plunged the Caribbean country into an even deeper crisis
The 47-year-old describes her great pain to the American newspaper – and asks the question why none of the numerous men who were responsible for her husband’s safety were shot or injured in the attack. The attackers could have entered the building quickly and apparently unhindered, reports Moïse. Last Tuesday, the police arrested the murdered president’s security chief because he might be involved in the conspiracy to murder the president.
Martine Moïse reports that she was first hit in the arm before her husband was shot. “When they left, they thought I was dead,” says Moïse of the attackers. You are now thinking about running in the presidential election yourself. There has been no interim president since the assassination.
Haiti has no functioning parliament and only a handful of elected senators. The murder plunged the Caribbean state, which was already marked by instability and great poverty, into an even deeper crisis. Moïse had last ruled Haiti by decree after a parliamentary election planned for 2018 was postponed, among other things because of protests against him.