Haiti’s chief prosecutor on Tuesday ordered the acting prime minister not to leave the country until he answered questions about the July assassination of President Jovenel Moïse.
Last week, the prosecutor issued a police summons for Prime Minister Ariel Henry, asking him to answer questions about his contact with one of the main murder suspects.
Phone records show that Dr Henry spoke to the suspect – Joseph Badio, a former intelligence officer – within hours of Mr Moïse’s death at his residence near Port-au-Prince, the capital.
It is unclear what relationship, if any, Dr Henry had with Mr Badio, who has since gone into hiding.
Dr Henry’s spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment. In previous remarks to the media, Dr Henry has denied any connection to the murder and said the masterminds of the plot are still at large.
The prosecutor’s decision comes as the power struggle intensifies in Haiti following the murder of Mr. Moïse. Mr Henry, a neurosurgeon who was appointed prime minister by Mr Moïse just days before the murder, has struggled to assert his authority over the country since being sworn in in July.
Haitian police arrested several people in connection with the assassination, including 18 Colombians and several Haitian and Haitian Americans, and are still looking for more. The suspects include retired Colombian commandos, a former judge and two members of the president’s security team.
Police are investigating a complex plot that they say spans multiple countries. They say it revolves around a little-known doctor and pastor, Christian Emmanuel Sanon, who was born in Haiti and lives in Florida. Officials say he plotted to kill the president and seize power.
Many questions remain unanswered, notably that none of the people named in the investigation seemed to have had the means to finance the conspiracy.
Milo Milfort contributed reporting.