By: A. Melcon
The Assassination of the Haitian president, whose name is Jovenel Moise, occurred on the 7th of July of 2021 in his house in Port-au-Prince. At the time of his death, he was aged 53. He was shot 12 times in his home, located in the Pelerin 5 neighborhood at 1 am. He was found with many bullets both in his head and his torso, and his left eye had been violently gouged, while his arm and ankle were also broken. He was found lying on his back, and his wife, Martine Moise (the first lady), was also shot but survived. She has been evacuated to Florida whilst the mess is cleared up.
Who was responsible for it?
It is still not known exactly who carried out the attacks, but the police have identified the main suspects. For now, it is suspected that twenty-six Colombians and two Haitian Americans were responsible for the killings. However, a Haitian opposition politician, Steven Benoit, stated that he believed that it had been the presidents security agents who had carried out the murders, not the suspects who had been arrested.
A Colombian newspaper called “El Tiempo” stated that the group of suspects arrived at 2:30 and 2:40 respectively, which contradicts the neighbors' reports which identified the time of arrival of white armed men at around 1 am. This time had also been corroborated by the medics assigned to the assassination report upon the president's shooting.
How did the assassination take place?
Whoever carried out the assassination disguised themselves as US agents and entered the street screaming that they belonged to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). With this, they managed to make a security guard lie down on the street. The men then started shooting, and although other bullets were found, the only people injured were the president and the first lady. Now, the suspects are currently being investigated and the president's security guards will also endure hearings.
The prime ministers involvement:
The head prosecutor on the Haitian president's case has asked the prime minister of Haiti, Ariel Henry, to testify at court. The reason behind this has been found to be that the PM entertained a few calls with the main suspect of the assassination just a few hours after it occurred -- which has sparked great interest in the investigation. It has been found that Mr Badio, who is the main suspect now, had been talking to the Prime minister, and data has also shown that while he did, his location was very near to the crime scene.
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