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UN General Assembly pays tribute to slain Haiti President Moise

UN General Assembly pays tribute to slain Haiti President Moise

HAITI, INTERNATIONAL, PRESIDENT, TRIBUTE, UN
The United Nations General Assembly held a memorial session Wednesday for Haitian president Jovenel Moïse, who was assassinated last week by gunmen in his home. Speaking on behalf of Volkan Bozkir, the General Assembly president, Vice President Keisha McGuire condemned the killing saying the world body "cannot allow this tragedy to erase gains made or derail the future of Haiti." Following a moment of silence in Moise's honor, Amina Mohammed, the U.N. Deputy Secretary-General highlighted Moïse's accomplishments, including the near-eradication of cholera in the island nation. "We join the government and the people of Haiti and mourning his excellency, President Jovenel Moïse. Today, we say goodbye not only to a head of state, but to a friend, a father, a husband," Mohammed sai...
Haiti names new suspects in Moise assassination plot

Haiti names new suspects in Moise assassination plot

ASSASSINATION, ATTACK, HAITI, INTERNATIONAL, POLICE, PRESIDENT
A fired anti-corruption official, a former senator and a businessman previously tried for drug charges in the US are the latest suspects of killing Haiti's president. Haitian police on Tuesday issued warrants for new suspects allegedly linked to the assassination of President Jovenel Moise. While uncertainty reigns Haiti's political future, confusion still surrounds the circumstances of the killing of Moise. Police said they arrested 18 Colombians and three Haitians, including two who also hold dual US citizenship, linked to the July 7 killing. A Florida-based Haitian doctor, who was also arrested, is believed to have led the group, according to police. Who are the newly identified suspects? Police on Tuesday said they were searching for a former official, a former s...
Haiti police arrest suspected mastermind in president’s assassination

Haiti police arrest suspected mastermind in president’s assassination

CRIME, HAITI, INTERNATIONAL, POLICE, POLITICS, PRESIDENT, TRAGEDY
Suspects in the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise, who was shot dead early Wednesday at his home, are shown to the media, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, July 8, 2021. /Reuters Haitian police said on Sunday they had arrested one of the suspected masterminds in the assassination of President Jovenel Moise, a Haitian man whom authorities accused of hiring mercenaries to oust and replace Moise. Moise was shot dead early on Wednesday at his Port-au-Prince home by what Haitian authorities describe as a unit of assassins formed of 26 Colombians and two Haitian Americans, plunging the troubled Caribbean nation deeper into turmoil. National Police Chief Leon Charles said the arrested man, 63-year-old Christian Emmanuel Sanon, flew to Haiti on a private jet in early June, accompa...
Haiti Assassination Drama Deepens as Opposition Admits Hiring DC Lobbyist Days Before Moise’s Murder

Haiti Assassination Drama Deepens as Opposition Admits Hiring DC Lobbyist Days Before Moise’s Murder

HAITI, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, PRESIDENT, TRAGEDY
The Caribbean nation was swept into disarray on Wednesday following the gangland-style murder of President Jovenel Moise. Haiti’s interim authorities have requested the deployment of a contingent of US and United Nations troops to protect key infrastructure and prevent the situation from being destabilized any further. Haitian opposition figure Reginald Boulos hired a senior Washington lobbyist to help build up his political party and ‘encourage’ President Biden and other US leaders to support the creation of an interim Haitian government two days before President Jovenel Moise’s assassination, Politico reports, citing the lobbyist and Boulos himself. The lobbyist, Art Estopinan, is well-known in Washington circles, with his consulting group boasting its ability to reach “succes...
Who was Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise? Everything you need to know

Who was Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise? Everything you need to know

HAITI, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, PRESIDENT, Security, TRAGEDY
Haitian police have killed four “mercenaries” they said were behind the assassination of President Jovenel Moise on Wednesday and taken two more into custody. Police chief Leon Charles said a fierce gun battle broke out as the impoverished Caribbean nation was pitched into uncertainty by the head of state's murder. Police did not identify the suspects or say what their motives were for the attack on Moise and his wife, Martine - who survived and was airlifted to Florida for treatment - at their private residence in the capital Port-au-Prince. Mr Charles said more members of the hit squad were still at large. "We blocked them en route as they left the scene of the crime," he said before the fight was over. “Four mercenaries were killed, two were intercepted under our con...
Haiti President Jovenel Moïse assassinated in middle-of-the-night attack at his home

Haiti President Jovenel Moïse assassinated in middle-of-the-night attack at his home

BREAKING NEWS, HAITI, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, PRESIDENT, PROTESTS, TERROR
Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was “mortally wounded” and his wife shot during an armed attack in the early hours of Wednesday at their private residence above the hills of Port-au-Prince, the country’s prime minister, Claude Joseph, said. Several sources told the Miami Herald that Moïse was killed during the attack, and that his wife was shot. In a statement from the prime minister’s office, Joseph said the attack occurred around 1 a.m. Wednesday, and some of the unidentified assailants spoke Spanish. The head of state, the statement said, was “fatally injured.” Frist Lady Martine Moïse was wounded and is being treated, the statement said. The assailants claimed to be agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, according to videos taken by people in the area of...
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