"When they left they thought I was dead"

“When they left they thought I was dead”

The wife of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse said the men who murdered her husband also believed they killed her in the assassination that shook the already fragile democracy of the Caribbean nation.

In an interview with the New York Times published on the newspaper’s website on Friday, Martine Moïse recounted the terrifying moments of July 7 when armed men broke into their house, shot him and then killed the president before rummaging in the records of her husband looking for something.

“The only thing I saw before they killed him were their boots,” said Martine Moïse, describing the moment her husband was shot next to her. “Then I closed my eyes and saw nothing else. “

After firing the fatal shots, the assailants ransacked the room and went through the president’s files, while speaking Spanish – and not the island’s dominant languages ​​of French and Haitian Creole – said Martine Moïse.

“‘That’s not it. It’s not that,” she recalled saying before one of them finally said, “‘ That’s it. ‘”

She doesn’t know what they were looking for or finding.

“They were looking for something in the room and they found it,” she said.

The armed men left the room.

“When they left, they thought I was dead,” Martine Moïse told the newspaper in an interview in South Florida, where she is recovering from her injuries.

Before the group of “highly trained and heavily armed” people reached them, the couple were woken up by gunfire outside their home, prompting Jovenel Moïse to pick up a phone and call for help. .

“He said: ‘I found Dimitri Hérard; I found Jean Laguel Civil,” she said, citing two officials in the president’s security operation. “And they told me they were coming.”

Hérard and Civil have both been arrested in connection with the ongoing investigation which has so far implicated Colombian mercenaries in the murder of the president.

Martine Moïse said she still cannot understand how people passed 30 to 50 security personnel stationed at the president’s home. None of them were killed or injured in the attack.

“I don’t understand how no one was shot,” she said.

Haitian President Jovenel Moïse addresses the media in Port-au-Prince in 2019.Andres Martinez Casares / Reuters file

And above all in her mind, she said she wanted all those responsible to be brought to justice. She believes the Haitian elites are the ones who could have organized such a brazen attack.

“Only the oligarchs and the system could kill him,” she said.

As long as all those responsible are not arrested, Martine Moïse declared that the fragile democracy of the nation would not stand a chance.

“I would like the people who did this to be caught. Otherwise, they will kill every president who takes power, ”she said. “They did it once. They will do it again.