Prosecutor Aims To Charge Haiti's Prime Minister In President's Murder

Ariel Henry

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Port-au-Prince prosecutor Bed-Ford Claude has requested that Haiti's Prime Minister Ariel Henry be charged in connection to the murder of former President Jovenel Moïse.

"There are enough compromising elements ... to prosecute Henry and ask for his outright indictment," Claude wrote in a court filing obtained by the Associated Press.

Shortly before Claude's filing was obtained by the Associated Press, he attempted to meet with Henry because a key suspect in Moïse's murder attempted to call the Prime Minister twice on the morning of the former President's death. Claude claims that the calls were made at 4:03 a.m. and 4:20 a.m., adding to evidence that suspected killer Joseph Badio was near the former President's home on the night of the murder. Also, these court filings reportedly show that the calls lasted approximately seven minutes, disproving the notion the Badio and Henry never made contact. According to the Associated Press, Justice Minister Rockfeller Vincent has assigned the chief of Haiti's National Police to boost security for Claude because he has received "disturbing" threats within the last few days.

Prime Minister Ariel Henry has commented on the matter, but he has said that committed to bringing "justice" to those who killed the former President.

"Rest assured that no distraction, no summons or invitation, no maneuver, no threat, no rearguard combat, no aggression will distract me from my mission," Henry said during a meeting with other politicians on Saturday.

"The real culprits, the intellectual authors and coauthor and sponsor of the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse will be found and brought to justice and punished for their crimes."

Thus far, 40 people have been arrested in connection to the assassination. However, Badio and a former Haitian Senator remain on the run.

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