Haiti's chief prosecutor seeks charges against prime minister in president's assassination

Haiti’s chief prosecutor reportedly brought charges Tuesday to indict Prime Minister Ariel Henry for the murder of President Jovenel Moïse.

Port-au-Prince prosecutor Bed-Ford Claude also asked a judge to prevent Henry from leaving the country. Reuters and The Associated Press reported.

“There are enough compromising elements … to prosecute Henry and obtain his direct indictment,” wrote Claude in the order.

Henry posed a risk of escape and should therefore “be prohibited from leaving the state by air, sea or road on account of serious suspicions in connection with the murder of the president,” the prosecutor wrote in a letter to Haiti’s Migration Service.

President Moïse was assassinated on July 7 in a so-called “highly coordinated” attack on his residence, the country’s incumbent prime minister confirmed in a statement.

Show phone records that suspicious Joseph Badio called Henry twice in the hours after the murder at 1 a.m., the prosecutor said.

Those calls were made at 4:03 a.m. and 4:20 a.m. by Badio not far from the crime scene, Claude added.

The calls lasted a total of seven minutes, as Henry was at the Hotel Montana in Port-au-Prince at the time, according to Claude’s court document cited by the AP.

A representative for Prime Minister Henry declined to comment immediately, Reuters reported.

This is a development story, please update here for updates.

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