The Daily Telegraph
Haiti’s premier sacks prosecutor after claims over Moise murder
HAITI’S Prime Minister Ariel Henry sacked the country’s chief prosecutor yesterday just hours after he had implicated the premier in the brazen assassination of President Jovenel Moise.
President Jovenel Moise was shot dead in his residence in the early hours of July 7 by a hit squad posing as US drug enforcement agents, plunging the impoverished nation into greater political turmoil. A manhunt to find the orchestrators of the assassination has been under way ever since.
Mr Henry was installed as Haiti’s prime minister amid a power struggle over who would lead the country as interim leader.
The 71-year-old, who was appointed prime minister two days before President Moise’s death, but not yet installed, received the backing of the international community to steward the country through the leadership vacuum.
However, in a major development, Haiti’s top prosecutor Bed-ford Claude sought charges yesterday against the prime minister after alleging he had spoken with a key suspect just hours after the killing. “There are enough compromising elements ... to prosecute Henry and ask for his outright indictment,” Mr Claude wrote in an order.
However, in a publicly distributed letter, Mr Henry told Mr Claude: “I have the pleasure of informing you that it was decided to terminate your post.”
The prosecutor had asked a judge to ban Mr Henry from leaving Haiti and said the phone calls between Mr Henry and the suspect, Joseph Badio, were made at 4:03 and 4:20am on July 7, while Mr Badio was in the vicinity of Moise’s home.
Mr Badio is a former justice department official who worked at the government’s anti-corruption unit until he was fired in May. Investigators have reportedly alleged Mr Badio was a key suspect in the president’s assassination.
Mr Henry has previously defended Mr Badio, telling local media that he did not believe the former official could have been involved in the killing.
However, in a two-page document, Mr Claude said phone records had proved that the two men had spoken for a total of seven minutes.
Mr Henry was at the Hotel Montana in Port-au-prince at that time.
‘I have the pleasure of informing you that it was decided to terminate your post’