Wounded widow of Haiti’s slain president returns home

In this handout photo released by Haiti's Secretary of State for Communication, Haiti's first lady Martine Moise, wearing a bullet proof vest and her right arm in a sling, arrives at the Toussaint Louverture International Airport, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Saturday, July 17, 2021. Martine Moise, the wife of assassinated President Jovenel Moise, who was injured in the July 7 attack at their private home, returned to the Caribbean nation on Saturday following her release from a Miami hospital. (Haiti's Secretary of State for Communication Photo/via AP)


PORT-AU-PRINCE: The widow of Haiti’s slain president Jovenel Moise returned home yesterday after being treated in Florida for wounds she suffered in the attack, an official said.

Martine Moise, with her right arm in a sling and wearing a bulletproof vest, was received at Port-au-Prince Airport by interim prime minister Claude Joseph, secretary of state for communications Frantz Exantus wrote on Twitter.

“The first lady … has just arrived in Haiti to take part in preparations for the state funeral” of her late husband, Exantus wrote, posting pictures of Martine Moise disembarking from a private plane accompanied by multiple security agents.

She had spent 10 days in hospital in Miami, Florida, where she had been air lifted after her husband was gunned down in their home in the early hours of July 7.

The state funeral services are set to take place on July 23 in Cap-Haitien, a historic city in the north of Haiti, which has slid dangerously toward disorder since Moise was killed.

Moise, 53, was assassinated by a hit squad made up mostly of Colombian mercenaries, but many of the details surrounding the brazen attack remain a mystery.

The day before Moise’s widow’s return, Joseph had pledged justice would be served for the president’s assassination.

Police chief Leon Charles told a press conference Friday that Haitian authorities were “working with international agencies specialised in judicial investigations, such as the FBI (US Federal Bureau of Investigations), Interpol and other bodies that are on the ground to analyse all the evidence … to trace the masterminds of the assassination”.