What’s happening in Haiti?

There continue to be more questions than answers as more is known on the murder of Haitian President Jovenel Moise. Haiti has had 20 governments in 35 years.

Investigative journalist Nuria Piera traveled to Haiti with the backing of the Dominican Embassy in Haiti. She reported what appeared to be normalcy in the streets of Haiti despite the fuel shortage that affects the city of Port-au-Prince.

In an interview with Minister of Environment Orlando Jorge Mera, Jean Michel Caroit, who reports for Le Monde on Haiti and the DR, said that kidnapping is the most important industry in Haiti. In the interview, he explained the problems of lack of government in Haiti and offered insights for those following the development of the assassination story and the political crisis in Haiti. He stands by the theory that the Colombians had come to protect high ranking persons, not to kill and were duped.

El Tiempo newspaper and Caracol radio of Colombia have been competing in who has better access to the sources that are finding pieces of the puzzle of the murder of Haitian President Jovenel Moise. President Ivan Duque said on Thursday, 15 July 2021 that a select group of Colombian mercenaries were involved in the killing.

In late developments:
The chief of the Police of Haiti is now a suspect. He is in charge of the investigations in Haiti. The Police has not shared the videos that captured what had happened.

First Lady Martine Moise returned to Haiti on Saturday, 17 July. She is received at the Haitian airport by acting Prime Minister Claude Joseph, another suspect of masterminding the murder. Martine Moise returned to attend the funeral of her husband that will take place on Friday, 23 July 2021 in Cap Haitien in the north of Haiti, where her husband ran a large organic banana farm.

Martine Moise flew in on a private airplane of the Dominican company Helidosa, owned by former presidential candidate Gonzalo Castillo. The company says the Haitian government and Moise had used their services in the past. A Helidosa private jet also transported former Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide back to Haiti.

There is new speculation the corpse of Moise showed signs of Haitian voodoo religion murder, with the removal of the eye, a broken leg and arm. The speculation is that Haitians could have murdered Moise or the murder was carried out in such a manner as to make it appear that Haitians had carried out the murder. The actions are taken to seek the body does not become a zombie, according to Haitian cultural beliefs. There have been reports the Colombian mercenaries had entered the residence shortly after the murder.

Former President of Haiti, the charismatic and controversial Jean-Bertrand Aristide returned to Haiti after recovering from Covid-19 in Cuba. Aristide had the favor of the poor, but is also remembered for what people said he encouraged “necklacing,” the practice of placing burning tires around the necks of one’s enemies. Aristide had the support of former President Bill Clinton, not that of George Bush. Relations with the Dominican Republic were very tense at the time. The late President Joaquin Balaguer was in power when Aristide was President in Haiti.

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Jean Michel Caroit in Lideres with Orlando Jorge Mera

19 July 2021