Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henri, fired and replaced by the chief public prosecutor, is seeking a charge against him as a suspect in the assassination of President Jovanel Moise in July.
Prosecutor Ben-Ford Claude sent a letter to a judge on Tuesday, alleging that phone records showed the prime minister had two friends with Joseph Felix Badio, an officer wanted by police in connection with the murder of Moises. Bar talked, on the morning of July 7, hours later. The president was shot dead at his home.
Claude said he asked Prime Minister Henry to discuss the evidence. Claude also asks Haiti’s immigration authority to issue an order banning Henry from leaving the country.
In a letter released Tuesday, but a day earlier, the prime minister’s office said the prosecutor was being sacked for an undisclosed “administrative error”. The office posted a tweet late Tuesday announcing that Frantz Louis Juste has been named to replace Claude as chief prosecutor.
More than 40 suspects have been arrested in the investigation into Moise’s murder, including 18 former Colombian soldiers and two Haitian Americans. Badio lives on at large.
Henry, a political liberal and neurosurgeon, was named prime minister by Moises a few days before his death in an effort to reduce friction between rivals and build a new consensus.
Some information for this report has been obtained from the Associated Press, Reuters and Agence France-Presse.