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Wife of Haiti’s assassinated president indicted in his killing

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A judge in Haiti investigating the July 2021 assassination of President Jovenel Moïse indicted his widow, Martine Moïse, ex-prime minister Claude Joseph and the former chief of Haiti’s National Police, Léon Charles, among others in his killing.

Dozens of suspects were indicted in the 122-page report issued by Walther Wesser Voltaire, who is the fifth judge to lead the investigation after previous ones stepped down for various reasons, including fear of being killed.

Charles, who was police chief when Moïse was killed and now serves as Haiti’s permanent representative to the Organization of the American States, faces the most serious charges: murder; attempted murder; possession and illegal carrying of weapons; conspiracy against the internal security of the state; and criminal association.

Meanwhile, Joseph and Martine Moïse, who was injured in the attack, are accused of complicity and criminal association.

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Joseph, the former prime minister, shared a statement with The Associated Press accusing Henry of “undermining” the investigation and benefitting from the president’s death.

“Henry … is weaponizing the Haitian justice system, prosecuting political opponents like me. It’s a classic coup d’état,” Joseph said. “They failed to kill me and Martine Moïse on July 7th 2021, now they are using the Haitian justice system to advance their Machiavellian agenda.”

Joseph again called on Henry to resign and noted that while he was still prime minister, he invited the FBI to help local authorities investigate the killing and wrote the U.N. and OAS for help.

“I won’t stop my fight. Justice must be served,” he said.

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In his report, the judge noted that the former secretary general of the National Palace, Lyonel Valbrun, told authorities that he received “strong pressure” from Martine Moïse to put the president’s office at the disposal of Joseph because he needed it to “organize a council of ministers.”

Valbrun also said that two days before her husband was killed, Martine Moïse visited the National Palace and spent nearly five hours, from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m., removing “a bunch of things.”

He said that two days after Jovenel Moïse was slain, Martine Moïse called to tell him that, “Jovenel didn’t do anything for us. You have to open the office. The president told Ti Klod to create a council of ministers; he will hold elections in three months so I can become president, now we will have power.”

While the document did not identify Ti Klod, the former prime minister, Claude Joseph, is known by that name.

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The judge also stated in his report that Martine Moïse “suggested” she took refuge under the marital bed to protect herself from the attackers, but he noted that authorities at the scene found that not “even a giant rat…whose size measures between 35 and 45 centimeters” could fit under the bed.

The judge said the former first lady’s statements were “so tainted with contradictions that they leave something to be desired and discredit her.”

Others who face charges including murder are Christian Emmanuel Sanon, a Haitian-American pastor who visualized himself as Haiti’s next president and said he thought Moïse was only going to be arrested; Joseph Vincent, a Haitian-American and former informant for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; Dimitri Hérard, presidential security chief; John Joël Joseph, a former Haitian senator; and Windelle Coq, a Haitian judge whom authorities say is a fugitive.

Sanon, Vincent, and Joseph were extradited to the U.S., where a total of 11 suspects face federal charges in the slaying of Haiti’s president. At least three of them already have been sentenced.

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Meanwhile, more than 40 suspects are languishing in prison in Haiti awaiting trial, although it was not immediately clear how quickly one would be held following Monday’s indictments. Among them are 20 former Colombian soldiers.

Milena Carmona, wife of Jheyner Alberto Carmona Flórez, told The Associated Press that he is innocent.

“What’s happening is that this crime is a conspiracy of great magnitudes in which powerful people are behind the scenes running everything, and that’s why they’re not given freedom,” she said of the former soldiers.

U.S. prosecutors have described it as a plot hatched in both Haiti and Florida to hire mercenaries to kidnap or kill Moïse, who was 53 when he was slain at his private home near the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince.

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The attack began late July 6 and ended July 7, according to witnesses.

Martine Moïse and others who were interrogated said they heard heavy gunfire starting around 1 a.m. that lasted between 30 to to 45 minutes before armed men burst into the bedroom of the presidential couple.

Moïse said she was lying on the ground when she heard the attackers yell, “That’s not it! That’s not it! That’s not it!”

She said the suspects made a video call to identify the exact location of what they were searching as they killed the president. She added that she was face down when the suspects tilted her head and tugged on one of her toes “to ensure that she wasn’t alive.”

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Once they left, Moïse said she dragged herself on the ground and whispered to her husband that she was going to try and go to the hospital.

“That’s when she noticed that the president was dead and that his left eye had been removed from the socket,” the report stated.

Moïse said a group of about 30 to 50 police officers were supposed to guard the presidential residence, but the judge noted that only a handful of officers were present that night.

One officer told the judge that he heard explosions and a voice through a megaphone saying, “Do not shoot! It’s a DEA operation! US Army! We know how many officers are inside. Exit with two hands lowered.”

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Another officer said the head of security of the first lady found her “in critical condition” surrounded by her two children. He said he also saw an undetermined number of people coming out of the president’s residence “with briefcases and several envelopes in their possession.”

The report quotes Inspector General André Vladimir Paraison saying that the president called him at 1:46 a.m. and told him, “Paraison! Man, hurry up! I’m in trouble! Come quickly and save my life.” He said he encountered heavily armed men and couldn’t access the residence immediately.

Officers at the scene said they found cars, windows, and doors at the president’s private home riddled with bullet holes, along with surveillance cameras cut off and a broken lock on the double-wooden door leading to the presidential bedroom.

The judge said some police officers at the residence were disarmed and handcuffed, while others “had time to throw themselves down a ravine” for safety. In addition, the police officer overseeing presidential security was accused of receiving $80,000 to bribe certain officers “to remain inactive” during the assassination, according to the report.

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The judge noted how “none of the police providing security to the head of state was in danger. Unfortunately, the head of state was assassinated with ease.”

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He Was Never Fit To Run, Serve – Trump Mocks Biden

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Former US President, Donald Trump has reacted to the news that President Joe Biden has stepped down from his re-election campaign.

Trump said all those around Biden, including his Doctor and the Media, knew that he wasn’t capable of being President.

In a statement on his Truth Social handle, Trump said that Biden was not fit to run for President, and also certainly not fit to serve.

The former president also claimed that Biden attained the position of President by lies and fake news.

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He said: “Crooked Joe Biden was not fit to run for President, and is certainly not fit to serve – And never was! He only attained the position of President by lies, Fake News, and not leaving his Basement.

“All those around him, including his Doctor and the Media, knew that he wasn’t capable of being President, and he wasn’t – And now, look what he’s done to our Country, with millions of people coming across our Border, totally unchecked and unvetted, many from prisons, mental institutions, and record numbers of terrorists.

“We will suffer greatly because of his presidency, but we will remedy the damage he has done very quickly. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”

NNH reported that Biden announced his withdrawal from the 2024 presidential election on Sunday.

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He said it was in the interest of his party and Americans.

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LONGEVITY: Twin sisters mark 100th birthday together (Photos)

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Loris Pryor and Doris Ward, an American pair of twin sisters, who are from Michigan, have celebrated their 100th birthday together in very good health.

The sisters, Loris Pryor and Doris Ward were born during in 1924.

On Wednesday, July 17, they marked a century of life together.

“We are always together with everything. She ain’t go without me. I ain’t go without her. Always together,” Pryor said.

The twins celebrated over the weekend with a birthday party that brought out all their family and friends.

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In total, they have nine children and have witnessed several generations of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

“All I can say is that it’s a blessing to be here at 100 years old,” Ward said. “The good Lord blessed us to still see our family.”

Even after a full century, the twins still do everything together, including trips to the casino. But they say their favorite memories are of dancing.

“We did a lot of dancing,” Ward said.

“To live this long, I never thought it would happen or not happen. I never thought about it,” Pryor said.

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The sisters say that living as long as they have is a gift.

“Life is very precious, or I wouldn’t be here. It’s just precious to live this long,” Pryor said.

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Couple Found Dead After Trying To Sail Across Atlantic Ocean

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The couple had embarked on a transatlantic sailing trip and were last seen on June 18, when they departed Nova Scotia in their 13-meter eco-friendly yacht, Theros.

The remains of Sarah Packwood, a British national, and her Canadian husband, Brett Clibbery, have been recovered on a life raft that washed ashore on Sable Island, near Nova Scotia, Canada, on July 12.

The couple had embarked on a transatlantic sailing trip and were last seen on June 18, when they departed Nova Scotia in their 13-meter eco-friendly yacht, Theros.

After being reported missing, an extensive search effort was launched. Unfortunately, it is believed that the couple abandoned their vessel and tragically lost their lives before being discovered on the life raft almost six weeks later, BBC reports.

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They were on the way to the Azores – about 3,228 km away – with the trip planned to take 21 days.

In a post on Facebook, Mr Clibbery’s son James confirmed the pair had died.

He said, “The past few days have been very hard. My father James Brett Clibbery, and his wife, Sarah Justine Packwood have regrettably passed away.

“There is still an investigation, as well as a DNA test to confirm, but with all the news, it is hard to remain hopeful.

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“So far this has made it to several news outlets around the country, and I have only just spoken to the coroner today. I am so very sorry to the people who were friends of them. They were amazing people, and there isn’t anything that will fill the hole that has been left by their, so far unexplained passing.

“Living will not be the same without your wisdom, and your wife was quickly becoming a beacon of knowledge, and kindness. I miss your smiles. I miss your voices. You will be forever missed.”

An investigation is still under way, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police told the BBC on Sunday.

According to Saltwire, a Canadian news outlet, investigators are considering the possibility that the yacht may have been involved in a collision with a cargo ship that went unnoticed by the larger vessel.

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This is one of several theories being explored as part of the ongoing investigation into the circumstances surrounding the couple’s disappearance and the subsequent discovery of their remains on a life raft.

On their YouTube channel, Theros Adventures, Sarah Packwood and Brett Clibbery shared details about their sailing trip, known as the Green Odyssey.

In a video, they explained their plan to utilize a combination of sustainable power sources, including sails, solar panels, batteries, and a repurposed electric car engine, to propel their 13-meter yacht, Theros, across the Atlantic Ocean.

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