Haiti’s chief prosecutor on Tuesday asked a judge to charge Prime Minister Ariel Henry and prevent him from leaving the country in connection with the July assassination of President Jovanel Mosse, AP Report.
why it matters: Prosecutor Bed-Ford Claude said he had evidence that a prime suspect in the murder plot against Mosse called Henry twice hours after the morning’s murder.
- Henry did not immediately comment on the prosecutor’s request. He has previously denied any involvement in the murder, new York Times.
big picture: Henry assumed the role of prime minister in late July, when then-caretaker prime minister Claude Joseph stepped down to end a brief leadership crisis following Mosse’s death.
- Moïse had appointed Henry to serve as prime minister two days before his death, but he had not been sworn in before the assassination took place. Washington Post.
- Joseph claimed that Henry was not entitled to act as interim leader because he had not yet taken the oath of office at the time of Moses’ assassination, although he eventually stepped down “for the good of the nation”.
What are they saying: In the court order, prosecutor Claude said there are “enough compromising elements … to prosecute Henry and ask for his outright indictment,” according to the AP.
- The court order came on the same day that Claude attempted to meet with Henry to interpret the phone call of prime suspect Joseph Badio, which lasted a total of seven minutes.
- Badio previously worked in the country’s ministry of justice and the government’s anti-corruption unit, but was fired in May amid allegations of violating unspecified ethical rules.
Haiti’s Ambassador to the United States The day after Mosse’s death, Bokit Edmund said that there was “no doubt” that the killers had internal help to carry out the murder.
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