The widow of the assassinated president of Haiti Jovenel Moise returned to the Caribbean country on Saturday after receiving medical attention in Florida for the injuries she received in the attack, an official said.
Martine Moise, with her right arm in a splint and wearing a bulletproof vest, was greeted at the Port-au-Prince airport by Acting Prime Minister Claude Joseph, Secretary of State for Communications Frantz Exantus said on Twitter.
“The First Lady (…) just arrived in Haiti to participate in the preparations for the state funeral“from her late husband, Exantus wrote, posting photographs of Martine Moise disembarking from a private plane accompanied by several security officers.
The former president’s widow, reports the AFP agency, spent 10 days in a hospital in Miami, Florida, where she was transferred after the attack in which her husband was shot to death in his home in the early hours of July 7 and she was injured.
Funeral services will be held on July 23 in Cap-Haitien, a historic city in northern Haiti.
Moise, 53, was killed by a squad made up mostly of Colombian mercenaries, but many of the details surrounding the attack remain a mystery.
The day before Moise’s widow returned, Joseph promised that justice would be served for the assassination.
Police Chief Leon Charles told a news conference on Friday that the Haitian authorities “are working with international agencies specialized in judicial investigations, such as the United States FBI, Interpol and other agencies that are on the ground to analyze all the evidence (. ..) and track down the masterminds of the murder. “
Today, Port-au-Prince is divided into many front lines. Entire neighborhoods are under the control of armed groups that change territories. In populated and impoverished areas the streets are barricaded and in some areas there are snipers who shoot at what they see.
The clashes between gangs have forced thousands of residents to leave some neighborhoods, while in others, such as Cité Soleil, the population is trapped by the fighting. The United Nations estimates that 18,000 people are displaced, hosted by relatives or in poorly adapted places like schools or churches.
Martine Moise, widow of the assassinated former president, returned to her country AFP Photo
This is a new phenomenon, as most of them have fled in recent weeks due to the upsurge in fighting. The main access routes to Port-au-Prince are controlled by gangs and entering or leaving the city has become a difficult task. In addition to the fighting, there is a high level of crime, with robberies, kidnappings and extortion.
Days ago, the president of Colombia, Iván Duque, assured that a part of the group of 23 ex-military from his country involved in the crime of Moise, knew what the objective of the trip to Port-au-Prince was.
“There was a group out of 23 who knew exactly what the ghoulish plan was. There were others who were recruited under the guise of providing a security service, but possibly a few more learned over the course of days that there was something behind it. this “, specified the president.