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Haiti’s top prosecutor seeks charges against PM over president’s assassination
A Haitian prosecutor is seeking charges against PM Ariel Henry over an alleged link to the murder of late President Jovenel Moise. He has also asked for a restraining order to prevent the official from fleeing the country.
The high-profile accusations were levied by Haiti's chief public prosecutor, Bed-Ford Claude, on Tuesday. In a letter to a judge overseeing the probe into the July assassination of Moise, Claude said the PM spoke to the prime suspect twice on the night of the killing.
The suspect in question is a former Justice Ministry official who is now on the run. Henry had previously publicly defended the suspect.
“There are enough compromising elements … to prosecute Henry and ask for his outright indictment,” Claude wrote.
In a separate letter, Claude also reached out to the nation’s Customs Service, demanding an immediate restraining order be issued against the PM to prevent him from potentially fleeing Haiti. Henry should be “forbidden from leaving the national territory by air, sea, or road due to serious presumption relative to the assassination of the president,” the prosecutor wrote.