The widow of Haitian President Jovenel Moise returned home on Saturday after being treated in Florida for injuries she sustained in the attack, an official said.
Martine Moise, 47, right arm in a sling and wearing a bulletproof vest, was received at Port-au-Prince airport by interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph, the Secretary of State wrote on Twitter to communication Frantz Exantus.
Under a gray sky and shaken by strong winds, the first lady carefully descended the steps of the plane, before firmly shaking the hands of those gathered to welcome her, as shown in a video posted on social networks.
“The first lady … has just arrived in Haiti to participate in the preparations for the state funeral” of her late husband, wrote Exantus, posting photos of Martine Moise disembarking from a private plane accompanied by several security agents.
She had spent 10 days in a hospital in Miami, Florida, where she was airlifted after her husband was shot dead in their home in the early hours of July 7.
The state funeral is due to take place on July 23 in Cap-Haitien, a historic city in northern Haiti, which has slipped dangerously into chaos since Moise was killed.
The day before Moses’ widow returned, Joseph had promised that justice would be served for the president’s assassination.
Police chief Léon Charles said at a press conference on Friday that Haitian authorities “were working with international agencies specializing in forensic investigations, such as the FBI (US Federal Bureau of Investigations), Interpol and other agencies that are on the ground to analyze all the evidence. .. to trace the brains of the assassination. “
– ‘Healing for Haiti’ –
Moise, 53, was murdered by a squad made up mostly of Colombian mercenaries, but many details surrounding the brazen attack remain a mystery.
Colombian police chief Jorge Vargas said a former Haitian justice ministry official Joseph Felix Badio ordered two of the Colombian mercenaries to kill the president. But it’s not clear whether Badio was following someone else’s orders in turn.
Badio, a former head of an anti-corruption unit in the justice ministry, is one of many wanted by the Haitian police, alongside former opposition senator Joel John Joseph.
Both are described on their wanted notices as “armed and dangerous”.
More than 20 people have been arrested in connection with the murder.
Haitian police have accused a 63-year-old Haitian doctor with close ties to Florida, Christian Emmanuel Sanon, of being the mastermind of the plot and of having “political objectives.”
Joseph said 24 police officers attached to the Moise security service were ordered to report for questioning.
The day before Martine Moise’s return to Haiti, around 40 people gathered in Miami in front of the hospital where she was being treated for a gunshot wound to the arm as a sign of support.
Most were women and most wore blue, one of the colors of their country’s flag. They carried signs with slogans such as “Heal for Haiti”.
“We will pray on behalf of our First Lady and the Haitian people,” said one of the protesters, Regina Martin Archat.
Thursday, accompanied by the first images of Martine Moise since the attack – at the hospital with a heavily bandaged arm – the first lady thanked “the team of guardian angels who helped me through this terrible period.
“With your gentleness, your kindness and your care, I was able to hold out. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! “
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