Haitian prosecutor’s head Bed-Ford Claude demanded on Tuesday from the judge in charge of the investigation into the murder of President Jovenel Moïse to indict Prime Minister Ariel Henry. The prime minister was to hold talks with one of the suspects in the president’s murder.
Bed-Ford Claude, government commissioner for Port-au-Prince – the counterpart of the prosecutor – demanded that Prime Minister Ariel Henry be indicted on the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse The commissioner also wants Henry to be barred from leaving the country “because of the facts exposed.”
The prosecutor demands that Prime Minister Henry explain to him why the prime suspect called him twice shortly after the president’s murder. Claude said the calls were made on July 7, and suspect Joseph Badio was near the home of President Moïse at the time. The talks were supposed to last a total of 7 minutes, and the Prime Minister was then at the Montana Hotel in Port-au-Prince.
Badio once worked for the Haitian Ministry of Justice and the government’s anti-corruption unit, but was released in May on charges of violating vague ethical principles.
Assassination of the President of Haiti
The murder of the 53-year-old Moïse and the shooting of his wife took place on the night of July 6-7 in the residence of the head of state. Among the 28 detainees suspected of being involved in the president’s murder were Colombians, two Haitian Americans and four Dominican citizens.
An investigation is still underway to identify all the principals of the attack. The Colombian police chief expressed the opinion that Moise’s murder was ordered by a former Haitian justice official.
In recent months, Moïse, who has ruled by decrees for over a year, has faced violent protests as opposition leaders and their supporters rejected his plans to hold a constitutional referendum to strengthen the president’s position, demanding his resignation.
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