Haitian first lady Martine Moïse returns home
Published: 04:40 PM, 18 July 2021
Haitian first lady Martine Moïse got off the plane with a bulletproof vest; Photo: Collected
First Lady Martine Moïse, wife of President Jovenel Moïse who was assassinated in Haiti, has returned home. She was seriously injured in the same attack and was undergoing treatment in Florida, USA.
The BBC reports that First Lady Martin arrived at the airport in the capital, Port-au-Prince, on Saturday, 10 days after the attack. She got off the plane with a bulletproof vest. She was received at the airport under tight security by the Caribbean island's caretaker Prime Minister Claude Joseph. Her husband, President Moïse, was shot dead by gunmen at his residence at midnight on July 7.
On social media, the Haitian government said on Twitter that the first lady had returned to the country to prepare for her husband’s funeral next week.
First Lady Martin did not say much about the attack. She said in an audio message sent from the hospital while she was undergoing treatment that the president was stormed with bullets shot by the miscreants.
Haitian police say foreign spies were behind the killings. Most of the detainees were Colombians.
Many of the Colombian assassins who took part in the assassination of the Haitian president are said to be former soldiers. The Pentagon has confirmed that they trained in the United States at various times.
Haiti, a Caribbean Island, is the poorest country in North and South America. Jovenel Moïse, 53, 53, has been the country's president since 2017.
He was not on a very smooth path as the head of state due to numerous allegations of corruption and mass protests in various cities, including the capital.
Though there was talk of a general election in Haiti in October 2019, it was postponed due to various controversies. Moïse held the leadership of the country by issuing a decree. He had planned to hold a referendum in September on a proposal to amend the constitution.
Opposition groups called for Moïse’s resignation in February this year. Moïse said at the time that a plot to assassinate him and overthrow the government had been foiled.
It is still not clear who were involved in the assassination and their motives behind the killing. Many questions, such as how the assassins entered the president’s residence unhindered, remained unanswered.
According to various media reports, First Lady can cooperate with the detectives as an eyewitness of the attack.
Haitian police say 26 Colombians and two Haitian-Americans were involved in the killings. At least 20 of them have been arrested. Three people were killed in a gunfight during the operation. The search for the remaining five fugitives is still going on.
Police have arrested Florida-based Haitian doctor Christian Emmanuel Sanon as the main suspect in the murder.