Haiti’s chief prosecutor is said to have requested an indictment on Tuesday to indict Prime Minister Ariel Henry in the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse.
Port-au-Prince Bed-Ford prosecutor Claude also asked a judge to bar Henry from leaving the country, Reuters and the Associated Press reported.
“There are enough compromising elements (…) to prosecute Henry and seek his indictment outright,” Claude wrote in the order.
Henry represents a risk of flight and should therefore “be prohibited from leaving the national territory by air, sea or road because of a serious suspicion relating to the assassination of the president”, wrote the prosecutor in a letter to the migration services of ‘Haiti.
President Moïse was assassinated on July 7 in what was described as a “highly coordinated” attack on his residence, the country’s acting prime minister confirmed in a statement.
Phone records show suspect Joseph Badio called Henry twice within hours of the 1 a.m. murder, according to the prosecutor.
These calls were made at 4:03 am and 4:20 am by Badio not far from the crime scene, Claude added.
The phone calls lasted a total of seven minutes as Henry was staying at the Montana Hotel in Port-au-Prince at the time, according to Claude’s court document cited by AP.
A representative for Prime Minister Henry declined to comment immediately, Reuters reported.
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