Judge claims wife helped kill her husband, the Haiti president

Martine Moise has been charged along with 51 others for killing her husband, Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise.

President Moise was shot dead in his bedroom on July 7, 2021. The 47-year-old Moise was shot twelve times and killed.

His wife suffered gunshots to her arms and thigh, along with other injuries to her hand and abdomen.

The report added that the former first lady gave statements “so tainted by contradictions that they leave something to be desired and discredit herâ€. 

Ms. Moïse has criticized what she calls unjust arrests on social media, while Claude Joseph previously told the Miami Herald newspaper that the president’s de facto successor, Prime Minister Ariel Henry, was “weaponizing the Haitian justice system†to persecute opponents in “a classic coup d’etat.”A

A judge investigating the death of Moïse indicted 51 suspects in a 122-page ruling on Monday, including the ex-prime minister Claude Joseph and the former chief of Haiti’s National Police, Léon Charles, among others. 

During the attack, the gunmen spoke Spanish and English in a country where most residents speak Creole or French.

Four men were arrested for assassination. They are Arcangel Pretel Ortiz, 50, a Colombian national and U.S. permanent resident of Miami; Antonio Intriago, 59, a Venezuelan-American of Miami; Walter Veintemilla, 54, of Weston; and Frederick Bergmann, 64, of Tampa.

Ms. Moïse and her future husband were students at Quisqueya University, which opened in 1988.

They married in 1996. Later that same year, Moïse and her husband moved to Port-de-PaixNord-Ouest department, to work in rural development.

She became Haiti’s first lady after her husband won the November 2016 presidential election on February 7, 2017.