Haitian President Assassinated As Police Arrest Former First Lady

By Victor Winston, updated on February 20, 2024

A twist in the tale of Haitian politics emerged as indictments were issued.

Haitian Judge Walther Wesser Voltaire’s recent issue of indictments unveils a web of conspiracy implicating key figures, including the deceased president's widow, in the assassination of President Jovenel Moise.

The intricate case orchestrated by Judge Walther Wesser Voltaire spans 122 pages of indictments, which were made public on Monday, targeting dozens of individuals in connection with the tragic demise of President Jovenel Moise on July 7, 2021.

Among those indicted are Martine Moise, the late president’s widow, and Claude Joseph, the former Prime Minister, both accused of being part of the nefarious plot that led to the president's assassination.

The Depth of Conspiracy in Haitian Politics

Martine Moise, who miraculously survived the same attack that claimed her husband's life, bearing wounds to her arm and thigh, has denied all allegations. Her poignant words from her hospital bed resonate with the confusion and pain she endures. “I still don’t believe that my husband has gone like this before my eyes without saying a last word to me. This pain will never pass.”

The attack on Moise wasn’t just a brutal end but marked the beginning of a tumultuous period in Haiti, plagued by political instability and violence. The incident detailed by authorities involved a gunbattle that left four assailants dead, exposing the deep-rooted issues within the nation's governance structures.

A decisive moment in the ongoing saga of investigations came in February 2023, as U.S. federal agents made significant arrests in South Florida, tying parts of the conspiracy back to the United States. Markenzy Lapointe, a U.S. Attorney, highlighted how the U.S. became the stage for the planning, funding, and direction of this heinous act against the President of Haiti.

The volley of Accusations and Denials

In his vehement denial, former Prime Minister Claude Joseph labeled the justice system’s move as political repression orchestrated by the current administration. His statement reflects the convoluted nature of Haitian politics, where alliances shift, and accusations fly thick and fast.

It’s a classic coup d’etat. They failed to kill me and Martine Moïse on July 7th, 2021, and now they are using the Haitian justice system to advance their Machiavellian agenda.

Joseph's determination to pursue justice sheds light on the fractured nature of Haiti's governance and the lengths to which individuals are willing to go to grasp power. The investigation, now under Judge Walther Wesser Voltaire, the fifth judge to take on this formidable task amid threats and resignations, underlines the perilous journey toward truth and accountability in Haiti.

A Broader Conspiracy Unraveled

The indictment also brings to light other key figures tangled in this complex plot, including former National Police chief Leon Charles and Christian Emmanuel Sanon, a Haitian-American doctor aspiring to political power. Windelle Coq Thelot, a Supreme Court justice, was once rumored to replace Moise, showcasing the broad and ambitious scope of the conspiracy.

These revelations are part of an ongoing investigation marked by arrests, indictments, and sentences that stretch beyond Haiti’s borders, implicating individuals in the United States and revealing international connections to the assassination. Among the notable sentencings is Haitian American dual citizen Joseph Vincent, condemned to life imprisonment for his advisory role in the conspiracy.

In conclusion, the issuance of detailed indictments by Judge Walther Wesser Voltaire has illuminated the complex international conspiracy behind the assassination of President Jovenel Moise. High-profile figures, including the president's widow and a former prime minister, stand accused, highlighting power struggles in a nation grappling with political instability. The case continues to unfold, marked by significant arrests and the tireless pursuit of justice amid threats to those seeking to unravel the truth behind this dark chapter in Haiti’s history.

About Victor Winston

Victor is a freelance writer and researcher who focuses on national politics, geopolitics, and economics.

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