Haitian prosecutors seek to interview prime minister on president’s assassination

FILE PHOTO: Official memorial services for the slain Haitian President Jovenel Moise, in Port-au-Prince
FILE PHOTO: Official memorial services for the slain Haitian President Jovenel Moise in Port-au-Prince
FILE PHOTO: Ariel Henry, tapped to be the new prime minister by the late Haitian President Jovenel Moises, days before his assassination, arrives at official memorial services for Moises in Port-au-Prince, Haiti July 20, 2021. Reuters/ Ricardo Arduengo/File photo

September 11, 2021

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Haiti’s chief public prosecutor on Friday invited Prime Minister Ariel Henri to meet with him next week to reveal that he was one of the main suspects in the murder of former president Jovanel Mois on the night Why did you talk to one? Crime.

A letter sent to Henry by prosecutor Bed-Ford Claude stated that only a president could authorize an official summons to a person of his rank, but the country was without one. Instead, he was being “invited” to attend and cooperate.

The hearing at the Court of First Instance in Port-au-Prince will take place on Tuesday at 10 a.m.

The letter said, “The head of the criminal prosecution would be grateful if you could present yourself … to co-operate with Haitian justice if you wish, taking into account your position as a senior state official.” happened.”

Henry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Moises was shot and killed when assassins stormed his private residence in the hills above Port-au-Prince on 7 July, plunging the Caribbean country into turmoil.

Investigators say Joseph Felix Badio, a former Haitian Justice Ministry official, may have ordered the murder.

According to the letter sent on Friday, cellphone operator Digicel’s subpond records have now also enabled them to corroborate allegations that Badio and Henri spoke twice on July 7 at 4 a.m., hours after Moises was murdered. .

The letter said that geolocalization data also showed that Badio was speaking from the crime scene.

(Reporting by André Paultre; Writing by Sarah Marsh; Editing by Daniel Wallis)

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