“They riddled my husband with bullets”: widow comments on fatal assassination for the first time

Haiti's President assassinated “They riddled my husband with bullets”: widow comments on fatal assassination for the first time

Haiti's President Jovenel Moïse (left) and his wife Martine Moïse

Haiti's President Jovenel Moïse (left) was shot dead last Wednesday. Now his widow Martine Moïse has made public statements for the first time.

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After the murder of President Haiti, his widow made public statements for the first time. The head of state was shot dead in his home in Port-au-Prince on Wednesday night.

After the assassination of the Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, his widow made public statements about the attack for the first time. "I'm alive, but I've lost my husband," said Martine Moïse in an audio message that was published on Twitter on Saturday. The authenticity of the recording was confirmed by Haiti Communications Minister Pradel Henriquez confirmed.

Assassination of Haiti's President "in the blink of an eye"

The head of state was shot dead in his home in Port-au-Prince on Wednesday night. According to police, there was a murder squad consisting of "26 Colombians and two US citizens of Haitian origin" attempt involved. Martine Moïse was injured in the attack and flown to Miami for treatment. 

“In the blink of an eye, the mercenaries broke into my house and riddled my husband with holes roll (...) without even giving him the chance to say a word, ”said Moïse in the audio message. It should not be allowed "that his blood was shed in vain". 

Martine Moïse said that her husband had campaigned for the expansion of the infrastructure and for elections in the autumn. "This is ein Kampfthat he led for us, it must be continued. "

After the attack, 17 suspects were arrested and three others shot. According to official information, some alleged accomplices are still on the run. The attack on the president had sparked international fears that the Caribbean state, marked by instability and poverty, would slide further into violence. 

fs AFP