THE shocking injuries of Haiti First Lady Martine Moise have been revealed as it emerged that the president’s eye was gouged out during possible torture in the fatal attack.
President Moïse, 53, was assassinated in his own home in Port Au-Prince in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
EPAPresident Jovenel Moïse and wife Martine[/caption]
APMoïse was seen being rolled into a hospital by medics[/caption]
First Lady of Haiti Martine Moïse landed in Florida on Wednesday for treatment
Haiti’s First Lady survived the attack in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
The First Lady allegedly suffered from gunshot wounds to her arms and thigh, with a severe injury to her hand and abdomen, Local 10 reported.
The First Lady was pictured being taken from a small plane on a stretcher at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport at around 3.30pm yesterday, before being transferred to Miami Baptist Hospital.
She was flown to the US by Trinity Air Ambulance and is said to be in a stable but critical condition.
Four men suspected of murdering the country’s president were reportedly shot dead by Haiti police.
Meanwhile, authorities captured two more men in a hostage-taking situation, according to NPR.
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WPLGShe is being taken to Miami for emergency treatment[/caption]
WPLGEmergency services looked on as she was transferred to an ambulance[/caption]
The suspects were dubbed “presumed assassins” of President Jovenel Moïse.
Speaking with Haitian media, Destin said the President was found “lying on his back, [with] blue pants, a white shirt stained with blood, his mouth open, his left eye gouged out” and with “twelve orifices”.
“We saw a bullet impact at the level of his forehead, one in each nipple, three at the hip, one in the abdomen “, he added, stressing the bullet holes were made by a “large caliber weapon and with 9 mm projectiles”.
“Many 5.56 and 7.62 mm cartridge cases were found between the gatehouse and the interior of the residence,” he continued.
The assassination of Moïse comes at a time when the Caribbean country has been overwhelmed by growing gang violence, rising costs of living, and unrest over the country’s authoritarian leadership.
Haiti’s communication secretary Frantz Exantus confirmed the arrests, the Associated Press reported.
EPAThe couple was in their home in Port Au-Prince[/caption]
The assassination of the Haitian president was part of a “highly coordinated attack by a highly trained and heavily armed group,” Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph said in a statement.
He has vowed to bring those responsible to justice.
Martial law has been declared throughout the country after Joseph issued an emergency order declaring a “state of siege,” according to the Miami Herald.
Moïse’s home was reportedly attacked at around 1am Wednesday by an armed group who claimed to be agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
The Herald reports that videos from people in the area of the president’s home showed a person with an American accent yelling in English over a megaphone.
“DEA operation. Everybody stand down. DEA operation. Everybody back up, stand down,” they said.
AFPMembers of the military are seen near the hospital where Haitian First Lady Martine Moise was taken after the attack[/caption]
AFPMilitary members guard the First Lady’s hospital in Haiti[/caption]
However, a high-ranking Haitian government official told the publication that the group was “mercenaries.”
The US Embassy in Haiti is on lockdown following the assassination.
The Biden administration has pledged that they will stand with the people of Haiti during this time.
President Joe Biden said the attack is “very worrisome,” adding “we need a lot more information.”
“We are shocked and saddened to hear of the horrific assassination of President Jovenel Moïse and the attack on First Lady Martine Moïse of Haiti,” Biden said.
“We condemn this heinous act, and I am sending my sincere wishes for First Lady Moïse’s recovery. The United States offers condolences to the people of Haiti, and we stand ready to assist as we continue to work for a safe and secure Haiti.”
APDuring his time in office, Moïse was accused of corruption[/caption]
AFPThe Haitian Presidential Palace on Wednesday[/caption]
A state of siege has been declared
“It’s a horrific crime, and we’re so sorry for the loss that they are all suffering and going through as many of them are waking up this morning and hearing this news,” she said.
“And we stand ready and stand by them to provide any assistance that’s needed.”
She also went on to confirm that the embassy and State Department will be in touch with officials.
During his time in office, Moïse was accused of corruption and was faced with waves of anti-government protests.
In February, opposition politicians nominated their own president in an effort to drive out Moise whose five-year term had expired.
Joseph Mécène Jean-Louis, 72, a judge, said that he accepted the nomination.
Moïse insisted his term in office ended in February 2022 – a claim accepted by the United States.
On February 7, the day his presidential term was supposed to end, Moïse claimed that a coup had been foiled to overthrow his government and kill him.
A total of 23 people were arrested including a senior police officer.
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In June, gangs raided multiple police stations in Port-au-Prince as violence between armed groups flared which forced thousands to flee.
Attackers raided six police stations and killed three officers burning their bodies in one attack, local media reported.
Haiti is the poorest country in Latin American with 60 percent of the population living below the poverty line.