Former Haitian president’s wife, police chief among those indicted in his assassination: report


A judge investigating the July 2021 assassination in Haiti of President Jovenel Moïse issued a final report on Monday that indicts his widow, Martine Moïse, ex-prime minister Claude Joseph and the former chief of the Haitian National Police, Léon Charles, among others.

Charles, who now serves as Haiti’s permanent representative to the Organization of American States, faces the most serious charges: murder; attempted murder; possession and illegal carrying of weapons; conspiracy against the internal security of the state; and association of criminals.

Meanwhile, Martine Moïse and Joseph are accused of complicity and criminal association.

Charles could not be immediately reached for comment. Neither Joseph nor the spokesperson for Martine Moïse’s lawyer responded to messages for comment.

The judge’s findings are expected to further destabilize a country already struggling with a surge in gang violence and recovering from a spate of recent violent protests demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Ariel Henry.

A total of nearly 50 suspects were indicted in the 122-page report released Monday.

Another 11 suspects have been extradited to the United States and charged in the slaying, with three of them already sentenced.

U.S. prosecutors have described it as a plot hatched in both Haiti and Florida to hire mercenaries to kidnap or kill Moïse, who was 53 when he was slain at his private home near the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince on July 7, 2021.

A photograph is displayed during a funeral.
A photograph of Moïse is displayed during a memorial service at Notre Dame d’Haiti Catholic Church, in the Little Haiti neighbourhood of Miami, on July 22, 2021. (Rebecca Blackwell/The Associated Press)

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