The widow of assassinated Haiti president Jovenel Moise returned home on Saturday after being treated in Florida for injuries sustained in the attack, an official said.
Martine Moise, 47, with her right arm in a sling and a bulletproof vest, was received at Port-au-Prince airport by interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph, Secretary of State for Communications Frantz Exantus wrote on Twitter.
Under a gray sky and ravaged by high winds, the first lady carefully descended the steps of the plane, before shaking hands firmly with those who were there to welcome her, as seen in a video posted to social media. posted.
“The first lady … has just arrived in Haiti to participate in preparations for the state funeral” of her late husband, Exantus wrote, 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 lifted after her husband was shot at their home in the early morning of July 7.
The state funeral will take place on July 23 in Cap-Haïtien, a historic city in northern Haiti that has slipped dangerously into chaos since Moise was assassinated.
The day before Moise’s widow returned, Joseph had promised justice for the president’s assassination.
Haiti’s first lady Martine Moise, dressed in a bulletproof vest and her right arm in a sling, arrives at Toussaint Louverture International Airport, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Saturday
Haiti’s interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph walks with the first lady. She had spent 10 days in a hospital in Miami, Florida, where she was lifted after her husband was shot at their home in the early morning of July 7.
The First Lady Is Greeted By The Interim Prime Minister After Returning Flight From Miami
President Jovenel Moise was assassinated ten days ago at his home in the hills above Port-au-Prince
Police Chief Leon Charles told a news conference on Friday that Haitian authorities are “working with international agencies specializing in judicial investigations, such as the FBI (US Federal Bureau of Investigations), Interpol and other agencies on the scene to analyze all of the evidence.” .. to track down the masterminds of the murder.’
Moise, 53, was murdered by an assassination squad made up mostly of Colombian mercenaries, but many of the details surrounding the brutal attack remain a mystery.
Colombia’s police chief Jorge Vargas has said that Joseph Felix Badio, a former official with the Haitian justice ministry, ordered two of the Colombian mercenaries to assassinate the president. But it’s not clear if Badio, in turn, followed orders from someone else.
Badio, a former officer of an anti-corruption unit within the Justice Department, is one of several people wanted by Haitian police, alongside former opposition Senator Joel John Joseph.
Both are described on their wanted posters 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 strong ties to Florida, Christian Emmanuel Sanon, of being the mastermind behind the plot and of having “political objectives.”
Haiti’s first lady Martine Moise arrives for treatment at Jackson Health System’s Ryder Trauma Center in Miami on July 7 after being shot multiple times at her home in Port-au-Prince earlier in the day.
Trinity Air Ambulance landed at Florida’s Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport last week, carrying the critically injured Martine Moise on board.
The seriously injured Martine Moise was flown to Miami and then taken by air ambulance to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami for treatment
Joseph said 24 police officers associated with Moise’s security detail were required to come in for questioning.
The day before Martine Moise returned to Haiti, about 40 people had gathered in Miami outside the hospital where she was being treated for a gunshot wound to her arm to show their support.
Most were women and most wore blue, one of the colors of their country’s flag. They carried placards with slogans such as ‘Healing for Haiti’.
“We are going to pray on behalf of our First Lady and the people of Haiti,” said one of the protesters, Regina Martin Archat.
On Thursday, along with the first images of Martine Moise since the attack – in the hospital with a heavily bandaged arm – the first lady thanked “the team of guardian angels who helped me through this terrible time.
“With your gentle touch, kindness and care, I was able to endure. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!’