Haitian Prime Minister Calls for Firing Prosecutor Handling Presidential Assassination Probe
In SummaryHaiti’s Prime Minister is being investigated in the killing of late President Jovenel Moïse and has ordered officials to fire the top prosecutor in the case.
Haiti’s Prime Minister Ariel Henry ordered the firing of a top prosecutor investigating the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, the Prime Minister’s spokesman confirmed to CNN.
Per reports, Bed–Ford Claude, the country’s head prosecutor, sought charges against Henry for his connection to Moïse’s killing. He reportedly told Haiti’s immigration authority to prevent Henry from leaving the country.
“I want to tell those who still have not understood that the diversionary tactics to seed confusion and impede justice from doing its work serenely will not stand,” Henry tweeted over the weekend.
Claude alleges that Henry spoke to two suspects in Moïse’s killing hours after the incident.
Moïse was assassinated at his private home on July 7. His wife, Martine Moïse, was injured in the attack, BNC reported. Haitian officials have accused Henry of obstructing justice, with at least one official resigning from his post on Wednesday, according to the Independent.
The country’s general of Haiti’s Council of Ministers, Rénald Luberice, said that he is stepping down from his role because Henry “does not intend to cooperate with justice, seeking, on the contrary, by all means, to obstruct it.”
Henry seemingly denied any connection to the killing, saying, “The true culprits, the intellectual authors and those who ordered the odious assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, will be identified, brought to justice and punished for their crime.”