Assassinated Haitian President’s Widow Gets Indicted

( – Assailants broke into the home of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse in the middle of the night in July 2021, killing him and leaving his wife in critical condition. Police now insist she was in on the scheme. They’ve indicted her, along with about 50 other people, in connection to the crime.

Martine Moïse, the widow of the fallen president, stands accused of conspiring with the former Prime Minister (PM) Claude Joseph to kill her husband. Judge Walther Wesser Voltaire’s 122-page indictment alleges she planned to take the murdered leader’s place. She hasn’t responded to media requests for a statement, but she spoke out on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, claiming she’s the victim of political persecution.

Joseph echoed the widow’s sentiments, telling the Miami Herald that the current PM, Ariel Henry, was “weaponizing” the country’s justice system and wrongly targeting him and the former first lady. He claims that Henry planned the assassination, which was supposed to kill both Joseph and the first lady, but they survived the attempts. Now, he alleges, the new leader is using the justice system to neutralize them. Henry, who leads the opposing party, replaced Joseph just days before Moïse’s assassination. Despite promises to hold elections, he’s postponed them indefinitely, claiming that recent earthquakes and increased gang activity, which has taken over the country’s capital, have gotten in the way. Allegations that Henry is corrupt have reportedly deterred other countries from offering assistance.

The US justice system is trying a separate case for Moïse’s murder in Miami, Florida. The charges there claim 11 people plotted the scheme. Originally, according to US officials, the suspects planned to send Colombian mercenaries to kidnap the Haitian leader, but the group decided at the last minute to murder him instead. They allegedly wanted to replace him with Christian Emmanuel Sanon, a Haitian-American pastor.

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