INVESTIGATION

The investigation into the assassination of Jovenel Moïse is botched according to the RNDDH 

L'enquête sur l'assassinat de Jovenel Moïse, toujours dans l'impasse

6 months after the murder of the former Haitian head of state, Jovenel Moïse, the National Network for the Defense of Human Rights (RNDDH) considers that the investigating judge Garry Orélien, responsible for investigating the assassination of the former president Moses is expected to speak out in this matter. 

On the night of July 6 to 7, 2021, President Jovenel Moïse was killed at his home in Pélerin 5, a locality in the town of Pétion-ville, by heavily armed men, despite the presence of his bodyguards who were settled in the vicinity of his house. As a result, in a document initialed by RNDDH dated January 6, 2022, several flouted points were raised by this organization, such as people indexed in said file, blocking of the investigation conducted by the Judicial Police, non-existence of judicial investigation and others. 

According to the National Network for the Defense of Human Rights, for justice to be served in the context of the assassination of Jovenel Moïse in the eyes of Haitian society, there are five key people who should be heard by Judge Garry Orélien so that things secrets are revealed. This is Marie Jude Gilbert who was responsible for providing precise information on the facts and actions of the victim to Joseph Félix Badio, because the latter was extinct on November 17 in the civil prison of Port-au-Prince, then the commissioner Dimitri Herard and Laguel Civil respectively in charge of bribing the agents assigned to the security of the former president Jovenel Moïse, moreover John Joël Joseph whose mission was to pay the rental costs of the vehicles that had hired to ensure the displacement of the alleged assassins, Samir Handal, Christian Emmanuel Sanon and the 47 other people who had apprehended in the context of this affair.  

On the other hand, the National Human Rights Defense Network took the opportunity to criticize the judge responsible for investigating this murder, Garry Orélien, for his negligence in the said investigation. "The magistrate should have realized the complexity of such a case and granted a rogatory commission to the central direction of the judicial police in order to deepen its investigations and provide the criminal chamber with other elements", reads. one in this document. 

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In this case, following these findings, the RNDDH urged the judicial and police authorities to conduct a serious and impartial investigation, to hear all those who had participated or had a link with those indexed in this heinous crime. In addition, the National Network for the Defense of Human Rights also called on the competent authorities to conduct an investigation into banking institutions which the accused had used to host their accounts, in order to elucidate what happened on the night of the 6th. until July 7, 2021. 

To this end, the National Network for the Defense of Human Rights ordered the police and judicial authorities to proceed with instructions for the resumption of the judicial police investigation, to identify the banking institutions which made it possible to pay the alleged killers for the preparation and perpetration of this crime and interview all persons without distinction who spoke with those indexed in the said Assassination. 

Remember that the former Colombian soldier, Mario Antonio Palacios Palacios, 43 years old who led to the death of President Jovenel Moïse, at his home on July 7, 2021, chose to cooperate with American justice after his arrest by the FBI in Panama, therefore Palacios had asserted to the American authorities that he was recruited to provide security and participated in an operation to arrest President Jovenel Moïse. In addition, Mario Antonio Palacios Palacios said that the entire group based in Haiti participated in this operation to capture President Jovenel Moïse.   

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Stevinsonne Jeune
Stevinsonne JEUNE, journalist and editor. Graduate student in legal sciences at the State University of Haiti Law practitioner in the Delmas peace court.