The Haitian government has asked the United Nations for help in conducting an international investigation into the assassination of President Jovenel Moise. The leader was shot and killed in early July by a group of attackers who stormed his mansion.
The Haitian authorities asked for help in a letter to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. A document signed by Foreign Minister Claude Joseph stated that Haiti considered the attack on Moise at his residence an international crime because of the role of foreigners in planning, financing and carrying out the attack.
Haiti has called for an international commission of inquiry along with a special court to prosecute suspects, Reuters reported, citing reports from the country’s embassy in the Dominican Republic.
The assassination of the president. 28 suspects
Jovenel Moise, 53, was shot dead on July 7 at his mansion, which the group had entered armed attackers. Leader Martine Moise’s wife was seriously injured in the attack. The services have so far detained 28 people suspected of being involved in the murder. Among them are Colombians, two Americans of Haitian origin and four Dominican citizens.
The Reuters agency points out that the Haitian authorities want UN support to be similar to the investigation into the Beirut bombing in 2005, which killed 22 people, including Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. After the attack, an international tribunal was established under a resolution of the UN Security Council to investigate the crime and try the perpetrators.
There is a state of emergency in Haiti, the authorities have asked the United States to send troops. The Haitian government was headed by Ariel Henry, who was appointed to this office before President Moise’s tragic death.
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