President of Haiti Assassinated

Jovenel Moise, the President of Haiti was assassinated in his home last night, around 1:00 a.m. His wife was critically injured and has been flown to Miami for treatment.

The attack was carried out by highly trained professionals, with high-powered weapons. The killers claimed to be with the DEA, carrying out an operation, according to Bocchit Edmond, Haiti's ambassador to the U.S. and Prime Minister Claude Joseph.

Prime Minister Claude Joseph said highly trained assassin, some speaking a mix Spanish or English with a US accent, assassinated the president at his home. The assassins yelled, “DEA operation! Everybody stand down! DEA operation! Everybody back up, stand down!”

Reuters confirms the statements by Edmond and Joseph:

Edmond told Reuters in an interview the gunmen were masquerading as U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents as they entered Moise's guarded residence under cover of nightfall - a move that would likely have helped them gain entry.

According to La Nouvellist, a major newspaper in Haiti, the Deputy Justice of the Peace has released an official report. It says Moises' body was riddled with bullets. Also, his daughter was home at the time and hid. [More....]

"We found twelve orifices on the body of the president," the deputy justice of the peace of Pétion-Ville, Carl Henry Destin, told the Nouvelliste at the end of the afternoon. “The president's office and bedroom were ransacked. We found him lying on his back, blue pants, a white shirt stained with blood, his mouth open, his left eye gouged out. We saw a bullet impact at the level of his forehead, one in each nipple, three at the hip, one in the abdomen ", indicated the magistrate, stressing" to have observed 12 holes made with the large caliber weapon and with 9 mm projectiles ”.

...President Moïse's daughter, Jomarlie Jovenel Moïse, present at the time of the attack, hid in her brother's bedroom. The maid and the boy on duty were tied up by members of the commando team who shouted "DEA operation" as they entered the property, the judge continued, citing witnesses. "Many 5.56 and 7.62 mm cartridge cases were found between the gatehouse and the interior of the residence," said Judge Carl Henri Destin.

Here is a video from Anonymous that may show some of the attack.

The US State Department emphatically denies the DEA were involved.

"The Haitian ambassador has already denied these statements. This information is absolutely false. The United States condemns this heinous act," State Department spokesman Ned Price said at a press conference.

According to the latest report, some 4 alleged "commando" perpetrators have been killed and 2 are in custody.

President Moise and his wife also have two sons. Their whereabouts are unknown, but in 2019 they were reportedly sent to the Dominican Republic to keep them out of danger.

As to who will rule Haiti, that is in question. The day before he was killed, President Moise appointed a new Prime Minister, Ariel Henry to replace Acting Prime Minister Claude Joseph. but he hadn't yet been sworn in. Today Henry insisted he is Prime Minister, and Claude Joseph will be part of his government. But it seems like Claude Joseph is holding on to his position and taking the lead on official announcements.

An extraordinary issue of the official gazette on Wednesday said the prime minister and his cabinet - meaning Joseph's government - would assume executive powers until a new president could be elected, as per Haiti's constitution.

There are only 10 elected officials in the Haitian government, all of whom are senators.

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    Where's that Erik Prince character? (none / 0) (#1)
    by desertswine on Thu Jul 08, 2021 at 03:37:40 PM EST

    Just makes you proud (none / 0) (#2)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jul 08, 2021 at 04:11:02 PM EST
    they yelled this going in

    "DEA operation! Everybody stand down! DEA operation! Everybody back up, stand down!"

    Insider (none / 0) (#3)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jul 08, 2021 at 04:41:44 PM EST
    A US citizen and another person believed to be Haitian American were arrested in connection with the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, a Haitian official told The Washington Post and The Associated Press.

    James Solages, a US national of Haitian descent, was identified on Thursday as one of six people arrested in Moïse's killing in his home early on Wednesday, Mathias Pierre, Haiti's minister of elections and interparty relations, told the outlets.

    One other person who was apprehended is also believed to be a Haitian American, Pierre said. He did not identify the person.

    A website for a nonprofit that Solages helped establish in South Florida described him as the president of the board of directors and said he was "the chief commander of body-guards" for the Canadian Embassy in Haiti, the AP reported.


    They seem (none / 0) (#4)
    by Ga6thDem on Thu Jul 08, 2021 at 05:15:05 PM EST
    to think they are mercenaries. I wonder if Prince is involved in this. Since I don't know much about Haitian politics I can't imagine why anyone would want the president dead and I am not seeing any talk about his political enemies except for the fact that the country was getting tired of the crime and unrest.