Haiti’s prime minister has been accused by the country’s chief prosecutor of involvement in the assassination of late President Jovenel Moise because of his past contacts with the suspect.
In a letter to Garry Orelien, the judge overseeing the investigation into the death of late Haitian President Moise on September 14, prosecutor Bed-Ford Claude said phone recordings showed Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry had died. twice contacted a key suspect in the assassination on the night of the incident on 7/7.
This suspect is a former judicial official whom Henry has publicly defended and is on the run from. Claude asks Orelien to make Henry a suspect in the assassination attempt.
“Henry should be banned from leaving the country’s territory by air, sea or land because it is believed to be seriously involved in the assassination of the president,” Claude wrote in another letter to the Haitian Immigration Service. On September 10, the prosecutor also asked to meet Henry to discuss phone calls with the suspect. He can only summon the Prime Minister by order of the president, but Haiti does not currently have a president.
Hours after Claude sent a letter to Orelien, Henry decided to fire the prosecutor. “I am pleased to announce that the decision to remove you has been made,” the Haitian Prime Minister said in a public letter.
Henry was appointed prime minister by Moise a few days before the late president was assassinated. He was sworn in nearly two weeks after Moise’s death, pledging to improve the country’s security situation and hold long-delayed elections. Haiti currently does not have a functioning president and parliament.
Moise was shot dead when a group of assassins stormed his private residence in the capital Port-au-Prince, plunging the impoverished Caribbean nation further into chaos. Henry announced on September 11 that Haiti’s core political forces had reached an agreement to form a transitional government, until a presidential election and a constitutional referendum are held.
Luster (Follow Reuters, AFP)