Prosecutor targets Haiti’s PM over killing of president
The investigation into the assassination of the Haitian president Jovenel Moïse has taken a sensational turn after the country’s chief prosecutor asked a judge to charge Haiti’s prime minister in connection with the crime.
Ariel Henry, a 71-year-old neurosurgeon, became Haiti’s principal leader in July, two weeks after Moïse was killed at his home in the capital, Port-au-Prince in July.
Supporters describe Henry as an upstanding member of Haiti’s medical community who had been grappling with the unenviable task of trying to stabilise a country rocked by the murder of its president and then a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that killed more than 2,000 people.
But yesterday Henry was sucked into the heart of the alleged plot behind Moïse’s murder as the chief prosecutor, Bed-Ford Claude, asked a judge to charge him with suspected involvement.
“There are enough compromising elements … to prosecute Henry and ask for his outright indictment,” Claude wrote in the official request, according to the Associated Press.
The Haitian newspaper Le Nouvelliste said Claude had also asked immigration officials to prevent Henry from leaving the country because of the “gravity” of the facts that had emerged.
Henry made no immediate comment. But last weekend, amid reports that murder investigators wanted to question him about phone conversations he was alleged to have had with one of their chief suspects, Haiti’s leader vowed “the real culprits” would be tracked down.
Dozens of suspects have been arrested, including 18 former Colombian soldiers, some of whom allegedly swept into Moïse’s residence where he was murdered on 7 July.