Those who assassinated the president this Wednesday from Haiti, Jovenel Moise they were “professional” mercenaries who posed as United States agents and may have already fled the country, denounced the Central American country’s ambassador in Washington.
“It was a well planned attack and they were professionals. “Ambassador Bocchit Edmond told reporters in the US capital. “We have a video and we believe they were mercenaries,” he explained.
The murderers appeared at the Haitian president’s residence as agents of the Drug Control Administration (DEA), but their behavior was not consistent with that of members of the US agency, Edmond added.
The official also said that the first lady, Martine Moise, who was seriously injured in the attack, would be transferred to Miami for medical treatment.
“I can tell you that the necessary arrangements have been made since this morning to transfer her to a hospital in Miami,” the diplomat said Wednesday afternoon.
Haiti’s ambassador to the United States, Bocchit Edmond, this Wednesday. Photo: AP
The ambassador explained that it was being carried out an investigation into the whereabouts, motivations and origins of the murderers, which, as indicated, is they spoke to each other in Spanish.
Edmond added that they may have left the country, probably to the neighboring Dominican Republic.
“We don’t know if they left,” he said. “If they are not in the country at the moment, there is only one way to get out and that is through the borders because there are no planes.”
The ambassador to the United States also said that civil aviation authorities had detected a private plane, but that movement across the border could have gone unnoticed.
Police and forensic experts search for clues about the crime outside the residence where the president was assassinated. Photo: AFP
Edmond said Wednesday that the security situation in Haiti “is now under control” after the assassination that shocked the country, plunged into a deep political crisis for months.
“The National Police and the Armed Forces of Haiti ensure security. Measures have been taken to guarantee the continuity of the State,” said the diplomat.
Edmond, who described the murder of Moise as “horrifying” and announced that this Thursday a national mourning was declared in honor of the ruler, confirmed that a state of siege was declared “throughout the entire territory” of Haiti for 15 days.
He explained that his country is shocked by the “vile” murder of his president at the hands of “unidentified individuals.”
“For more than a century, despite the political problems and chronic instability in my country, we have not had an experience of this type,” lamented the Haitian ambassador to the United States. And he stressed that his government “vehemently condemns this heinous, inhuman and barbarous act” against Moise.
The Organization of American States, OAS, met this Wednesday urgently to analyze the crime of the president of Haiti.
The president of the OAS Permanent Council, Uruguayan Ambassador Washington Abdala, said for his part that this was a session that “never” should have taken place.
The OAS General Secretariat had previously condemned “in the strongest terms” the assassination of the Haitian leader and considered it an “attempt to undermine the institutional stability of the country.”
Source: EFE and AFP