Prime Minister of Haiti, Ariel Henry, announced the dismissal of prosecutor Bel-Ford Claude hours after he asked a judge to open an investigation to the head of the Government as accused by the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse.
Henry communicated the dismissal of the prosecutor in a letter dated Monday, but released today by the Government, in which the dismissal is justified for an alleged “serious administrative offense” committed by Claude.
Imputed in the assassination case
The prosecutor on Tuesday asked the Court of First Instance of Port-au-Prince to investigate Henry as a defendant in the case of the assassination and also asked the immigration authorities to prevent him from leaving the country.
The prosecutor’s suspicions of the prime minister were sparked by two telephone conversations that Henry had with one of the main suspects in the assassination, Joseph Felix Badio, three hours after the crime occurred, on July 7.
The prosecutor assures that the geolocation data of the calls, provided by the telephone company, placed Badio in the residence of Moses, in Pélerin sector 5, in Port-au-Prince, at the time he contacted Henry.
Claude has questioned the prime minister’s role in the assassination since last week, when he extended an invitation to clear up the controversial calls.
The process is currently under the jurisdiction of the investigating judge Garry Orélien, so any summons or summons to witnesses or defendants depends on the judge and not on the prosecutor.
Henry disqualified the prosecutor’s summons last Saturday, during the signing ceremony of a political agreement, and today he referred to it again, although in a more veiled way, ensuring that nothing will distract his will, not even “threats of all kinds.” or “physical attacks.”
“No distraction, no summons or invitation, no maneuver, no threat, no rear-guard combat, no aggression will distract me from my mission,” Henry said last Saturday.
Haitian authorities have placed 44 people in preventive detention for their alleged involvement in the assassination, including the 18 Colombian mercenaries accused of being part of the command that murdered Moïse.
That group of those arrested also includes 12 policemen, who made up the president’s security body, who did not react to the attack.
With information from EFE