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

The chief prosecutor in Port-au-Prince on Tuesday asked the judge investigating the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse to charge Prime Minister Ariel Henry, saying phone records show he spoke with him twice. one of the main suspects.

The noose is tightening around the Prime Minister in Haiti. The chief prosecutor of Port-au-Prince asked, Tuesday, September 14, the judge investigating the assassination of 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 to the prosecutor, also asked that Ariel Henry be prohibited from leaving Haitian territory “because of the gravity of the facts exposed”. President Moïse was shot dead on July 7 by an armed commando at his home in Port-au-Prince.

“Serious suspicions of murder”

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” .

Friday evening, Bed-Ford Claude had already invited the head of government to appear at the prosecution on Tuesday, claiming that Ariel Henry had, a few hours after the murder of Jovenel Moïse, telephone conversations with one of the people actively sought in as part 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 4:03 am then 4. h 20 the night of the attack.

The prosecutor had also indicated that the Prime Minister could refuse to appear at the invitation to the public prosecutor’s office, taking into account “the restrictions due to [son] senior official status ”.

In order to hear a minister, the judicial authorities must normally obtain the authorization of the president. A procedure today impossible, because since the assassination of Jovenel Moïse, Haiti no longer has a president.


On Saturday, 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.

Forty-four people, including 18 Colombians and two Americans of Haitian origin, have already been arrested as part of the investigation into the murder of Jovenel Moïse, committed at his home without any police officer from his close security being injured .

With AFP