A Haitian judge issues an arrest warrant for the wife of the slain president in the investigation into his death
An investigating judge in Haiti issued an arrest warrant for the former man’s widow President Jovenel MoiseWho was assassinated in his bedroom in the middle of the night nearly three years ago.
Judge Walter Visser-Voltaire, the Haitian judge charged with overseeing the investigation into Moise’s murder on July 7, 2021, ordered the arrest of Martine Moise, who was with her husband inside their private residence with their two children when the killers broke into the house and shot him to death. death.
Martine Moise, who survived the attack, was flown by air ambulance to South Florida and treated at Jackson Memorial Hospital before returning to Port-au-Prince with her arm in a sling.
Although she initially answered questions from Haitian authorities, Moise has since refused to cooperate with the investigation. The former first lady refused the request to appear before Voltaire, who wanted to question her about the attack, and instead demanded his dismissal. The arrest warrant came due to failure to appear before the investigating judge. The arrest warrant did not mention any possible involvement of Moise in her husband’s death.
The arrest warrant was actually issued months ago and sent to the Haitian police, but they were unable to arrest Moise because Moise was not in Haiti. However, its existence was finally made public on Monday when a copy leaked on social media in Haiti. The timing of the leak coincides with the end of Voltaire’s three-year term as investigating judge, and amid continuing questions about who might be charged with the murder of the Haitian president.
Several sources told the Miami Herald that Voltaire told justice officials that he was ready to issue formal charges in the long-running investigation, but would need more time. However, a source familiar with the matter said he has faced obstacles, and with his term ending on Friday, it is not clear if or when his term will be renewed. Until then, he cannot work on the case and the investigation remains suspended.
Jovenel Moise was shot dozens of times in his bedroom after a group of former Colombian soldiers, joined by Haitian police and two Haitian-Americans, raided his residence in the hills above Port-au-Prince in the middle of the night. The attack appeared to be a raid launched by the US Drug Enforcement Administration, which denied any involvement in the president’s assassination. Despite dozens of arrests and the ongoing US investigation, the motive behind the killing and who ordered it remains a mystery.
In June, his widow filed a lawsuit lawsuit In Florida against 11 suspects currently charged in the US criminal case, seeking unspecified damages for the family. The Herald reached out to Moyes’ attorney in the civil suit, but had not received a response by press time.
The lawsuit, filed in Miami-Dade Circuit Court, has not yet been heard. In a separate action, Moise is trying to get one of the suspects jailed in Miami to pay her medical expenses — even though documents obtained by the Herald show the Haitian government took care of the bill.
For several months, US authorities postponed a hearing on any compensation payments to Moise Rudolf Jarre, a Haitian-Chilean businessman who admitted to providing weapons, housing, and money in the plot to assassinate the President of Haiti. Jaar was sentenced to life imprisonment, but he hopes to reduce his prison term by cooperating with prosecutors. He had previously been convicted of drug trafficking in the United States.
There are two parallel investigations underway into Moise’s murder, which led to the killing of FOur suspects have already pleaded guilty in the United States.
After months of slow progress, the investigation in Haiti began gaining momentum late last year, as Voltaire, the fifth investigating judge assigned to the case, began looking more closely at people in the former president’s inner circle and issuing orders to appear before a new group of suspects. Kiss.
The breakthrough in the case came with Sudden arrest In October, a former government official, Joseph Félix Badiou, has been bedridden since his killing. The following month, Voltaire ordered the arrest of the mayor of a coastal beach town in Haiti after interrogating him in his room. Mayor, Marky KisaHe met several suspects in South Florida.
Kissa, the mayor of Jacmel, allegedly admitted knowing about a plot against the president, but did not inform the authorities. KISA is the one who introduced Haitian-American suspects James Soulage and Christian Emmanuel Sanon, a pastor from South Florida. US authorities believe that Sanon’s political ambitions and his desire to replace Moïse as president led to the death of the Haitian leader.
Among those who testified in the investigation were 17 Colombians implicated in the murder and imprisoned in Port-au-Prince. After refusing to appear before the judge, they finally agreed to speak to Voltaire. A source familiar with the Colombians’ testimonies told the Herald that they continued to maintain their innocence, and demanded a face-to-face confrontation with Martine Moise to ask her who shot her, and exactly where she was shot.
The former first lady has given only a handful of interviews since her husband’s murder. But in an interview with France 24, she accused the “current government” of involvement and insisted that “the truth will come out.”
However, there have been persistent questions about some of the statements she made regarding the night of the president’s murder. One point of contention: Martine Moise said she survived by hiding under the bed. in April, FBI agents visited the president’s private residence In the neighborhood of Pellerin 5, accompanied by Voltaire. They toured the crime scene, where the bedroom floor was still stained with blood, and saw that the bed was not high enough off the floor to allow anyone to hide under it.
Moise is believed to be living in South Florida awaiting a decision by US immigration authorities on whether she can extend her stay. She was visiting on a travel visa that has since expired.