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Haitian President's Widow Denies Involvement In Assassination Case

FILE Haiti's President Jovenel Moise sits with his wife Martine during his swearing-in ceremony at Parliament in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday Feb. 7, 2017. A judge investigating the July 2021 assass

An attorney representing Martine Moïse, the widow of late Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, has refuted allegations of her involvement in his assassination. The attorney, Paul Turner, has raised concerns about the political motivations behind the indictments against Martine Moïse and several other suspects, including former government officials.

Turner expressed surprise at media reports detailing the indictments and questioned the authenticity and finalization of the judge's report. He emphasized that Martine Moïse denies any involvement in the July 2021 assassination and is willing to cooperate if the circumstances are fair and just.

Turner accused the administration of Prime Minister Ariel Henry of orchestrating the indictments, suggesting that they may be targeting perceived opposition figures. He highlighted the ongoing security concerns faced by Martine Moïse and her children, emphasizing the need for a safe environment for any potential discussions.

The 122-page report by a Haitian judge investigating the assassination mentioned allegations made by a former official regarding Martine Moïse's actions before and after the president's death. The report also implicated other high-ranking individuals in the case, including former prime minister Claude Joseph.

Emmanuel Jeanty, another attorney representing Martine Moïse, raised concerns about due process in the legal proceedings and emphasized the need for a fair trial. Martine Moïse is expected to testify in an upcoming trial in the U.S., where federal authorities have already prosecuted several suspects in connection with the assassination.

As Haiti grapples with political instability and rising gang violence, the delayed general elections and legal proceedings surrounding the assassination have further complicated the country's situation. The involvement of multiple high-profile figures in the case has raised questions about the political motivations behind the indictments and the pursuit of justice in Haiti.

While the legal proceedings continue, Martine Moïse and other suspects await trial as the investigation into President Jovenel Moïse's assassination unfolds.

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