A Haitian prosecutor seeks to indict Prime Minister Ariel Henry for an alleged connection to the murder of the late President Jovenel Moise. He also requested a restraining order to prevent the official from fleeing the country.
The high-profile accusations were brought by Haiti’s attorney general Bed-Ford Claude on Tuesday. In a letter to a judge overseeing the investigation into Moise’s assassination in July, Claude said the prime minister spoke to the prime suspect twice on the night of the murder.
The suspect in question is a former Justice Ministry official who is now at large. Henry had already publicly defended the suspect.
“There are enough compromising elements … to prosecute Henry and demand his outright indictment,” Claude wrote.
In a separate letter, Claude also contacted the country’s customs service, demanding that an immediate restraining order be issued against the prime minister to prevent him from potentially fleeing Haiti. Henri should be “Ban on leaving the national territory by air, sea or road because of a serious suspicion relating to the assassination of the president”, wrote the prosecutor.
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The Prime Minister’s Office has yet to comment on this new twist in the Moise assassination saga. The late president was killed in his home on July 7 by a group of heavily armed assassins who stormed his residence. Moise’s wife was seriously injured in the attack.
The mercenary group is said to be made up primarily of Colombians with military backgrounds and included at least two Haitian Americans. Several mercenaries were killed by Haitian security forces following the assassination. While the majority of the group of suspects have been arrested, a handful of suspected attackers are still at large.
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