Wife of Slain Haiti President ‘Won’t Stop’ Until Killers Brought to Justice

(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 23, 2018, Haitian President Jovenel Moise (L) and Haitian First Lady Martine Moise are seen at the National Palace in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. - The widow of slain Haitian leader Jovenel Moise, who was critically wounded in the attack that claimed his life, on July 10, 2021 issued her first public remarks since the assault, calling on the nation not to "lose its way." (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL and HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)
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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Oct 6 (Reuters) – The wife of slain Haitian President Jovenel Moise said on Wednesday after a judicial hearing into his murder that she would not rest until his killers were brought to justice.

Martine Moise went to meet with the judge in charge of the investigation of Moise’s death in July and said she answered questions for several hours.

In an impromptu statement from the courthouse, she urged anyone with information to come forward.

“Everybody says that in my country we won’t get justice. Even if people are telling me this. That’s where I’ll start to seek justice,” Moise said. “We’ll ask for justice in the morning, in the afternoon, at night, because I won’t stop until I get justice.”

More than 40 people have been arrested in connection with the murder, Haitian authorities have said, but it remains unclear who masterminded the operation and how they were able to gain access the president’s residence. Moise was gunned down at home by a group consisting mostly of Colombian mercenaries.

A crowd gathered outside of the courthouse in Moise’s support, chanting slogans against current acting head of state Ariel Henry. Later, a fight broke out between supporters of Moise and detractors.

Moise recently completed a small tour of her home country after a prolonged absence in the wake of the murder.

“I don’t wish this upon anyone,” Moise said. She said she had been married to the former banana importer for 25 years.

Reporting by Gessika Thomas; Writing by Jake Kincaid; editing by Grant McCool
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