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Haiti - Assassination of the President : Many obstacles threaten the smooth conduct of the investigation
28/07/2021 11:18:19

Haiti - Assassination of the President : Many obstacles threaten the smooth conduct of the investigation
On Tuesday, the American channel CNN returned to the many obstacles facing the judicial officers charged with investigating the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse on July 7.

According to exclusive documents in the hands of CNN, there are mysterious attempts to influence the case, difficulties in accessing the crime scene, witnesses and evidence demonstrate how complicated this investigation promises to be.

The documents obtained by CNN also show gaps and obvious problems between police and judicial officers. These documents also reveal that court clerks and investigating judges were threatened with a view to influencing the case. Meanwhile, investigators have repeatedly been unable to access footage from surveillance cameras held by police, according to testimonies cited by CNN. "There are a lot of things that just don't make sense in handling the crime scene. Cars [that belonged to the commando] were set on fire... these are the kinds of things that seem incompatible with the search for the truth," said Brian Concannon, an American expert on the Haitian legal system.

Clément Noël, one of the judges responsible for leading the hearings during the investigation into the assassination of President Moïse, reported that he was the victim of death threats "Unfortunately, despite having left the house a fortnight ago, I continue to receive calls from strangers threatening me with death" indicating that these strangers demand that he modify the facts detailed in the July 7 report.

Carl Henry Destin, the Justice of the Peace who wrote down the minutes of the house and the lifeless body of Moïse, hours after the shooting, says he is accused of hiding the truth and laments that the authorities did not have plan to ensure the protection of the judicial staff investigating the assassination of the President "I had to hide to protect myself with my family" adding that two clerks, Marcelin Valentin and Waky Philostene, who assisted the judges in the observation material of the events, the search of the homes of people allegedly involved and in the hearings of Colombians have also received death threats, if they refused to add certain names in their report or to modify the statements of the witnesses.

Recalling also, that he and other judicial agents, had not been allowed to enter the perimeter of the police where was the scene of the crime, for several hours stressing that this is a delay very abnormal which leaves room for the possibility of falsifying evidence...

See also :
https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-34339-haiti-flash-official-report-by-dimitri-herard-on-the-assassination-of-president-moise.html

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