Assassination of the Haitian president: the prosecutor calls for the indictment of the Prime Minister

The chief prosecutor of Port-au-Prince on September 14 asked the judge investigating the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse to indict Prime Minister Ariel Henry, because of phone calls he allegedly had with the one of the main suspects in the murder.

Bed-Ford Claude, the commissioner of the government of Port-au-Prince – equivalent of the prosecutor – also asked that Ariel Henry be prohibited from leaving Haitian territory “because of the gravity of the facts exposed”. The Haitian head of state was shot dead on July 7 by an armed commando at his home in Port-au-Prince.

In a letter addressed to the Court of First Instance of Port-au-Prince, Bed-Ford Claude assures that “there are sufficient compromising elements which form his conviction on the advisability of prosecuting Mr. Henry and asking for his pure indictment and simple”.

In a second letter, sent to the director of the migration administration, the government commissioner justifies the requested ban on leaving the territory against Ariel Henry “for serious suspicions of assassination of the President of the Republic” .

44 people arrested in connection with the investigation

On the evening of September 10, Bed-Ford Claude had already invited the head of government to appear on September 14 at the prosecution, claiming that Ariel Henry had, a few hours after the murder of Jovenel Moïse, telephone conversations with one persons actively sought in the course of the investigation.

Former executive of the anti-corruption unit, dependent on the Ministry of Justice, Joseph Félix Badio would have been geolocated in the district where the private residence of Jovenel Moïse is located during calls made to Ariel Henry at 04:03 then 04:20 at night of the attack. On September 11, the Prime Minister denounced the prosecutor’s approach, calling it a diversion.

“The diversionary maneuvers to sow confusion and prevent justice from doing its job serenely will not pass,” Ariel Henry responded. “The real culprits, the intellectual authors and the sponsors of the odious assassination of President Jovenel Moïse will be found, brought to justice and punished for their crime,” he added. 44 people, including 18 Colombians and two Americans of Haitian origin, have already been arrested in connection with the investigation into the murder of Jovenel Moïse, committed at his home without any police officer from his close security having been injured .

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