On Tuesday, a prosecutor asked the Court of First Instance of Port-au-Prince to investigate the Prime Minister of Haiti, Ariel Henry, as a defendant in the case of the murder of the president, Jovenel Moise. In a letter addressed to Judge Garry Orélien, in charge of the investigation of the case, the prosecutor Bel-Ford Claude supports his request on the fact that the prime minister spoke by phone twice with one of the suspects of having ordered the assassination, the former official Joseph Felix Badio, hours after the murder.
In another letter sent to the Directorate of Immigration and Emigration, the prosecutor requested that Ariel Henry be prevented from leaving the country “due to serious presumptions of murder” of President Moise, committed on July 7. The assassination case is currently in the hands of Judge Orélien, who is the only competent authority to call witnesses or defendants to testify or to decide who is suspected of the murder.
Last week, the same prosecutor sent an “invitation” to Henry to appear Tuesday to be questioned about the phone calls, a summons that was publicly disqualified by Henry himself. “No distraction, no summons or invitation, no maneuver, no threat, no rearguard combat, no aggression will distract me from my mission,” he said on Saturday, during the signing ceremony of a political agreement with the opposition.
The Haitian authorities have reported that 44 people are in preventive detention for the murder, including 18 Colombians accused of being part of the command that murdered Moise, in addition to 12 policemen who were part of the president’s security body, who did not react to the attack.