Clerks Presiding Over Haiti Assassination Investigation Receiving Death Threats

Two local judge clerks who are assisting with the assassination investigation of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse are receiving death threats, which come one week after Moïse was killed in his home on July 7.

The National Association of Haitian Clerks told French Newspaper, Le Nouvelliste, that two clerks, Marcelin Valentin and Waky Philostène, of Pétion-Ville peace court, were receiving "serious death threats."

"Call on the Minister of Justice and Public Security, Mr. Rockefeller Vincent, in his capacity as supervisory authority, to pass the necessary instructions in order to guarantee the security of these aforementioned clerks, so that they can carry out their task in peace," said Martin Ainé, president of The National Association of Haitian Clerks.

The newspaper also stated that the deputy justice of peace, Carl Henry Destin of Pétion-Ville Clément Noël, received "anonymous calls" from people who are threatening his life.

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Haiti's First Lady Martine Moïse called for the U.S.'s help in first statement since her husband's assassination. Above, President of Haiti Jovenel Moïse arrives with the first lady for the official ceremony of Haiti's 10th earthquake anniversary in Port-au-Prince, on January 12, 2020. Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images

On July 7 at 1 a.m., Moïse was assassinated by a group of armed intruders. Haitian first lady Martine Moïse was also injured during the attack and underwent surgery in Miami, Florida on July 10, 2021. She spoke out regarding the impact of her husband's assassination and her plans to move forward in his honor.

"This act has no name. To assassinate a president like Jovenel Moïse without having given him the chance to say even a little word, you have to be a hardened criminal," said Moïse. "We know who the president was fighting against. They sent mercenaries to kill the president and his family at his home for roads, water, electricity, the referendum and the elections at the end of the year in order to avoid a transition to the country."

"I'm going to redouble my efforts because the battle he was fighting was not his; he was fighting for us. We must continue. You know that I love you, I will not give up," Moïse concluded.

Currently, 26 Colombians are suspects in the murder of Moïse. Police have arrested 18 of the Colombians in question along with three Haitians.

At least three of the suspects have been killed, while five have not yet been detained by police, said Léon Charles, the head of Haiti's police. "They are dangerous individuals," he said. "I'm talking commando, specialized commando."

On Monday, July 12, President Joe Biden stated that "the people of Haiti deserve peace and security." He also lent support to help rectify the situation.

"I dispatched a high-level expert delegation to assess the situation and to determine where the United States can offer our support," Biden said.