PORT-AU-PRINCE- HAITI- An investigating judge has questioned former Haitian Prime Minister Joseph Jouthe about the assassination of President Jovenel Moise in July 2021.
On July 7, 2021, Moise, who would have celebrated his 55th birthday on Monday, was killed at his private residence overlooking the capital. Martine, his wife, survived the attack but had to be treated in the United States.
As a result of the assassination, several former Colombian soldiers have been detained. In the United States, a court sentenced a Haitian-Chilean businessman to life in prison earlier this month.
In Miami, a federal judge sentenced Rodolphe Jaar, 50, after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder or kidnapping outside the country as well as providing material support.
Jaar was one of 11 people charged with murder in the US for their alleged involvement in the killing that further destabilisedHaitian politics and fueled a wave of violence in the country.
In a statement, Jouthe said he was summoned to appear before the investigating judge on Monday and answered questions related to the assassination.
“Justice must be done. I want to believe that my answers will have been used to move the case forward. The Moïse family and the Haitian people, myself included, need to know the truth about the assassination of the president in order to finally mourn. Let those who concocted this macabre plan, those who gave the means and who carried it out, pay,” he said in a statement.
In a statement on the occasion of Moise’s birthday, his wife described him as “a father who totally gave himself to his children.”.
“A President who sacrificed himself to open the eyes of his people. The truth will see the light of day. Justice will be done. Happy Birthday my heart,” she wrote.