Thursday, September 23, 2021

Haiti prosecutor asks judge to charge, investigate PM in Moise Slaying

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Haiti’s chief prosecutor on Tuesday asked a judge to indict Prime Minister Ariel Henry in the assassination of the president and asked officials to prevent him from leaving the country.

The order, filed by Port-au-Prince prosecutor Bed-Ford Claude, came on the same day that he had requested Henry to meet with her and told that a prime suspect in the assassination of President Jovenel Mois had killed him twice, just hours after the assassination. Why did you call

“There are enough compromising elements to prosecute Henry and ask for his direct indictment,” Claud wrote in the order.

Henry’s spokesman could not be immediately reached for comment.

Claude said the calls were made at 4:03 am and 4:20 am on July 7, adding that evidence showed suspect Joseph Badio was around Moise’s home at the time.

Badio once worked in Haiti’s Ministry of Justice and the government’s anti-corruption unit until he was fired in May amid allegations of violating unspecified ethical rules.

FILE – A photo of the late Haitian President Jovenel Mois hangs on a wall before a news conference by Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, July 13, 2021.

In the two-page document, Claude said the call lasted a total of seven minutes and that Henry was at the Hotel Montana in Port-au-Prince at the time. He also noted that a government official tweeted last month that Henry told him he never spoke to Badio.

On Monday, Justice Minister Rockefeller Vincent ordered the chief of Haiti’s national police to step up Claude’s security after prosecutors received “significant and disturbing” threats over the past five days.

Robert Fatten, a Haitian politics expert at the University of Virginia, said there was clearly a fight within the government between those who supported Henry and Moises.

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“We have a very confusing situation at the moment, there is a power struggle, and we will see who will win it,” he said. “It’s not clear where we’re headed, and it’s unclear what the international community thinks about everything.”

Henry has not specifically addressed the issue publicly, although during a meeting with politicians and civil society leaders on Saturday, he said he was committed to helping stabilize Haiti.

Henry said, “Be assured that no distractions, no summons or invitations, no maneuvers, no threats, no rearguard combat, no aggression will distract me from my mission.” “The real culprit, the intellectual writer and co-writer and sponsor of the assassination of President Jovanel Mosse, will be found and brought to justice and punished for their crimes.”

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More than 40 suspects, including 18 former Colombian soldiers, have been arrested in this case. Officials are still searching for additional suspects, including Badio and a former Haitian senator.

The investigation is on while the court clerk went into hiding saying that he had been threatened with death if he did not change some of the names and statements in his report.

In addition, a Haitian judge appointed to oversee the investigation stepped down last month, citing personal reasons. He left after one of his assistants died under unexplained circumstances. A new judge has been appointed.

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Haiti prosecutor asks judge to charge, investigate PM in Moise Slaying
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