Haiti prosecutor invites PM Henry to explain why he spoke to suspects of assassination

The Haiti chief prosecutor invited Prime Minister Ariel Henry on Friday to meet with him next week to explain why he spoke to one of the suspects in the assassination of former President Jovenel Moise on the night of the crime.

Haiti government to support efforts of National Police to control crime
Haiti government to support efforts of National Police to control crime

Haiti: The Haiti chief prosecutor invited Prime Minister Ariel Henry on Friday to meet with him next week to explain why he spoke to one of the suspects in the assassination of former President Jovenel Moise on the night of the crime.

A letter sent by the prosecutor, Bed-Ford Claude, to Henry, said only a president could grant official summons to someone of his rank, but the country was without one. Instead, he is ‘invited’ to attend and work together.

The trial in the court of Port-au-Prince’s first plant would take place on Tuesday at 10:00, the statement said.

“The head of the criminal prosecution will be grateful if you can present yourself … to cooperate with the Haitian judiciary if you wish, taking into account the restrictions given your status as a senior civil servant,” the letter reads.

Henry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Moise was shot dead when assassins stormed his private residence in the hills above Port-au-Prince on July 7 and plunged the impoverished Caribbean country deeper into the storm.

Investigators say former Haitian Justice Department official Joseph Felix Badio may have ordered the assassination.

Revealed records from cellphone operator Digicel have now also enabled them to confirm the allegations that Badio and Henry spoke on July 7, twice around 4 a.m., several hours after Moise’s murder, according to the letter sent Friday.

Geolocation data also show that Badio is speaking from the crime scene, the letter reads.