Thursday, September 23, 2021

Haiti still far from knowing the perpetrators of the assassination of the president

Prince Port. Haiti is still far from knowing the perpetrators of the assassination of President Jovenel Mois, while the country has focused on addressing the many crises that have unfolded in the two months since the assassination.

Moises’ death, shot dead in his residence on 7 July, opened a serious political crisis, which was only temporarily subsided with the formation of a new government led by Prime Minister Ariel Henry, but the country The instability has already forced Election postponed to 7 November

While the government tries to negotiate a deal with the opposition to seek a permanent solution to the crisis, on 14 August a devastating earthquake shocked the country, causing at least 2,248 deaths, 690,000 victims and countless damages in southern Haiti. Happened.

The fragile economic situation the country was already going through, and an emergency with the proliferation of armed gangs spreading terror with kidnappings and killings on a daily basis, a situation that has been left in the eyes of the population. Murder investigation in the background.

slow check

Two months after the assassination, the prime minister promised that the crime “won’t go away without punishment.”

“My government is determined that the President gets justice and the killers are tried as required by law,” Henry said via Twitter.

The matter is in the hands of Investigative Judge Gary Orlean, who held the first hearing last Friday in which he questioned Jean Laguel Civil, Moise’s security coordinator at the Palace of Justice in Port-au-Prince.

After an arrest frenzy in the first days after the murder, in which 44 people, including 18 Colombians, were held in pre-trial custody, the investigation is now progressing slowly.

Haitian police last week announced a $60,000 reward for those who contributed to the arrests of three alleged masterminds of the crime, former Judge Windell Kok Thelot, former officer Joseph Felix Badio and former Senator John Joel Joseph.

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“National Police is currently conducting a search to find the fugitives. We are conducting a search operation to trace them. If everyone is found this morning, they will present themselves to the population,” police spokeswoman Marie Michelle Verrier told Efe.

Activist Marie Rosie Auguste Ducena, head of programs for the National Network for the Defense of Human Rights (RANDHADH), an NGO that promotes human rights in Haiti, calls for patience.

“It would be unfair to pressurize the judge who has just received the file. We are hopeful that the matter will go ahead,” Randha: Number Two told Efe.

This NGO has just published a comprehensive report on the murder, which explicitly states that Mois was “handed over by his security agents.”

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electoral uncertainty

Political tensions, deafened by the roar of the earthquake, threaten a possible new postponement of presidential and legislative elections, pending since 2019.

Currently, Ariel Henry is in talks with various opposition parties to form a unity government that will remain in power until the elections.

The Democratic and Popular Sector, a left-wing opposition party, confirmed it was close to reaching a deal with Henry, but revealed this Tuesday that the main impediment to the treaty’s success is the current Minister of Justice, Rockefeller Vincent, whom they see as There are allegations that investigations into corruption cases and massacres allegedly carried out in recent years by gangs belonging to the government have been closed.

For his part, Vincent accused opponents of seizing the Justice Ministry to “cover up the killers of President Moise” and to persecute his political opponents.

In the midst of this disturbing panorama, the only one who thinks about the election is the widow of slain President Martin Moises, who says she intends to run for the presidential election.

In a message on the social network that contained electoral intentions, Martín Mois promised this Tuesday that she would continue her husband’s fight “so that the sun shines for the most vulnerable.”


Haiti still far from knowing the perpetrators of the assassination of the president
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