Port-au-Prince’s prosecutor general, Bed-Ford Claude, has asked a judge to impeach Prime Minister Henry and ban him from leaving Haiti – a move that could further destabilize the nation to follow. the assassination of Mr. Moise and a catastrophic earthquake.
The proposal was made after Prime Minister Henry was asked to attend a meeting to explain why he spoke twice with the main suspect in the hours after Moise’s assassination.
Claude confirmed that two suspicious calls were made at 4:03 am and 4:20 am (local time) on July 7, and emphasized that there is evidence that the main suspect, Joseph Badio, was near Moise’s house at the time.
Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry (centre) is accused of involvement in the assassination of Jovenel Moise. Photo: AP
In the two-page document, Mr Claude said the calls lasted a total of seven minutes and that Mr Henry was at the time at the Montana Hotel in Port-au-Prince.
“There are enough elements to prosecute Prime Minister Henry and bring an indictment,” said Mr. Claude. Hours after this statement, Mr. Claude was replaced by prosecutor Frantz Louis Juste.
It was not immediately clear whether Claude’s dismissal affected the investigation. One analyst noted that the investigation is now in the hands of a judge.
It was not immediately clear whether Mr Claude was fired before or after the proposal to prosecute Prime Minister Henry. According to a letter written on September 13, Prime Minister Henry told Mr. Claude that he was fired for “serious administrative violations” and the decision took effect as soon as he received the letter.
Also on September 13, Haitian Justice Minister Rockfeller Vincent asked the country’s police to increase security for Mr. Claude because Mr. Claude has been repeatedly threatened in the past 5 days.
The late Haitian President Jovenel Moise, who was assassinated at his home in July. Photo: Reuters