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South Florida (CNN) – When the Haitian president was brutally murdered in his bedroom last month, there was only one witness to witness it. She knew him better than anyone else.
Haiti’s first lady, Martin Mois, was found bleeding on July 7 near the body of her husband, Jovenel Mois. Justice to the killers.
In an interview in South Florida on Sunday, Ms. Moyes – who is still in black mourning, with a bandage on her arm from her wrist to her shoulder – told CNN the details of the attack and asked the world for help in solving the murder.
“Someone gave the order, and someone gave the money. They are the people we are looking for. I need the help of the United Nations Security Council to find those people,” she said.
Mrs. Mois is the only eyewitness to her husband’s murder. She is the only other known victim, her elbow and arm being crushed by a hail of bullets as the assailants entered the presidential chamber.
She first realized that something was wrong that night when she and her husband heard the sound of automatic gunfire outside their home around 1 p.m. Once she realized the gunman had entered the house, she tried to hide on the ground behind her bed, she said.
Still, though, Mois wasn’t sure what was going to happen.
“I didn’t think at the time that they would be able to enter the room where we were, because we had about 30 or 50 security guards (in the house),” she said.
Yet they did, largely failing security that Haitian authorities have yet to explain. At least two top security chiefs are currently in jail, including Presidential Security Chief Dmitry Herard and Palace Security Coordinator Jean Laguel Civil.
From where she had fallen to the ground, her arm was broken and bleeding in several places, Mois says she could only see the intruder’s shoes. She guessed that about a dozen men entered the room speaking Spanish, looking for something specific.
“They came into the room to find something, because I heard them say, ‘no es eso, no es eso – eso es’ (in Spanish: ‘it’s not, it’s not – that’s it’). Found. ”
Just then he turned his attention to the President on the floor and made a fatal phone call, she recalled with devastating silence.
“He was alive at the time. They said he was tall, skinny and black, and maybe the person on the phone confirmed he was a shooter. Then he shot him on the ground.”
The assailants never addressed the president directly, and Mr Mois said nothing to his wife in the moments before the execution, according to his wife.
“Once they shot the president, I thought, ‘It’s over for both of us.’ And I closed my eyes, you know, I didn’t think of anything else.
But the attackers left without further bloodshed. Mois believes they thought she was dead.
Even after the attack, security guards accused of protecting Haiti’s first family never arrived. She was a maid, who was eventually found in a blood-stained bedroom by Mrs. Mois, whom she asked to bring a handkerchief from her husband as a tourniquet.
Eventually a team of national police arrived to take her away, first to a local hospital and then by plane to a hospital in Miami with her children.
As she was leaving her home in the early hours of the morning, Mois said she was shocked by the absence of any of the usual guards on the grounds of the compound. Usually, she says, dozens of guards are stationed at home and their bedrooms are actually in the basement of the house, to ensure smooth shift rotation.
“The guards won’t leave without an order. Maybe they got an order to leave – I think so,” she said. “I’ve been thinking a lot about how this can happen.”
Haitian officials have previously said that the attackers broke through the main gate, crossed the compound, violated the front door and searched the president’s bedroom, leaving no guards injured.
What the presidential security guards know, have seen or done are central questions in the ongoing investigation.
At least 24 police officers are under investigation, according to Haitian police chief Leon Charles. Twelve people have been arrested, and four are accused of working with a group of Colombian mercenaries suspected of carrying out the attack, according to National Police spokeswoman Mary Michelle Vernier.
But as CNN previously reported, judicial investigators are not allowed to meet or testify from any of the guards who witnessed the attack.
Haitian authorities have no shortage of suspects in the murder plot – a total of at least 44 people are now in custody, including 18 Colombians and at least three U.S. citizens. But even after the arrest of a Florida pastor and a local justice ministry official accused of coordinating parts of the attack, no clear motive or motive has yet emerged. No formal charges have been filed against any of the suspects.
A little expression crossed her face as she recounted that bloody night – in addition to a small burst of sarcastic laughter at the suggestion that the dozens of suspects identified so far in the Haitian authorities’ investigation are masterminds of the murder.
The true masterminds are still large, Mrs. Mois believes. “The people they arrested are the people who pulled the trigger. They won’t pull the trigger without any order. So the main characters we need are the people who paid for it. And the people who gave the orders.”
She is not sure that local authorities alone are capable of revealing the truth. What the Haitians want, she said, is an independent inquiry run by the United Nations and is likely to reach the International Criminal Court in The Hague one day.
Government agents in the U.S. and Colombia are already backing the ongoing investigation into the killings, and their involvement is widely cited as the key to credibility in the capital, Port-au-Prince.
“It’s something terrible to plan for months to assassinate a president and no one around him knows about it. It shows me that my country’s security and intelligence agencies need work. If these people are there for months and we’re working on intelligence, The president knows, “said Mois.
She believes there are more deadly forces in the sport than incompetence.
“There are powerful people in Haiti. And because of their power, I’m not sure the current investigation will find the answers,” she said.
Her late husband was a controversial figure who was accused by civil society leaders of trying to consolidate power by refusing to hold elections, undermining democratic defenses and turning a blind eye to mass violence.
He also created dangerous enemies among the country’s powerful elites, who sought to terminate or rewrite the lucrative state treaty, his wife said.
Speaking at the presidential funeral in the northern city of Cape Haiten last week, the first lady hinted that bloodthirsty “Raptors” were still rampant in Haiti, hoping to scare off further reformers.
“Is it a crime to liberate the state from the clutches of corrupt elites? Is it a big crime?” She said.
“Jowell has shown us the way, he has opened our eyes, so we should not let the blood of our president go in vain,” she added – one of the many statements that has fueled the rumors will probably one day run for office.
By the grace of an experienced politician, Mois puts aside questions about her own presidential ambitions, but she does not shy away from politically charged topics. She argued, for example, that the interim government should hurry to hold new elections as well as the constitutional referendum that her husband won, which gives more power to the presidency.
Civil society leaders claim that voting will not be free or fair in the current climate of insecurity, which has seen widespread kidnappings and gang wars in Port-au-Prince. Nevertheless, elections are currently scheduled for the end of September.
“I think with the coming election, with a changing constitution, we will have a better country,” Moyes told CNN. “Not in five years, maybe not in 10. But we have hope.”
For the immediate future, she insists her focus is on her children, her recovery and the international community, which has repeatedly intervened in Haiti’s work, now approves an independent, world-class murder investigation into the Caribbean country.
She is ready to fight even as she faces a difficult series of medical procedures to restore her rugged American private security agents and the use of her damaged arm.
“That’s what gives you hope. You fight,” she said softly. “I ask and ask and ask until I get it.”
The report was contributed by journalist Atent Dupen.
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