Haitian Prime Minister rejects “diversionary tactics” in Moise murder investigation

Haitian Prime Minister rejects “diversionary tactics” in Moise murder investigation

A day after investigators invited Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry to appear for questioning as part of their investigation into the assassination of President Jovenel Moise, Henry dismissed what he described as “diversionary tactics” .
Haiti’s Attorney General on Friday asked the Prime Minister to meet with him next week to explain why he spoke with one of the main suspects in Moise’s murder at his private residence in the capital, Port-au-Prince. , July 7.

The president’s assassination plunged the Caribbean nation, which was already grappling with increased gang violence and political instability, into further disarray – and Haitians demanded a full and independent investigation into what s ‘has passed.

“I want to say to those who haven’t figured it out yet, that diversionary tactics to confuse and prevent #justice from taking its course calmly won’t resist,” Henry said. wrote on Twitter in French on Saturday, without directly referring to the request.

“The real culprits, the brains and sponsors of the heinous assassination of President Jovenel Moise, will be identified, brought to justice and punished for their crime,” he said. noted in another tweet.

Late Friday, prosecutor Claude Bed-Ford asked Henry to appear on Tuesday to answer questions about the appeals. Police are still actively looking for the former official, Joseph Felix Badio, who worked in the anti-corruption unit of the Ministry of Justice.

The assassination of former Haitian President Jovenel Moise plunged the nation into deeper political instability [File: Ricardo Arduengo/Reuters]

Badio’s phone was reportedly located in the area near Moise’s residence when he called Henry twice in the early hours of July 7, following the assassination of the president.

Since a judge has already been appointed to lead the investigation, Claude does not in theory have the power to summon anyone, but he justified his request by invoking the “extreme gravity” of the investigation. , which is in the “national interest”.

A prime minister cannot legally be questioned unless the president allows it, but following the murder of Moise, Haiti does not have a president.

Claude clarified that Henry’s participation in the interrogation would be voluntary “given the restrictions in place” because of his post.

So far, 44 people, including 18 Colombians and two Americans of Haitian descent, have been arrested in connection with the investigation into the Moise murder. None of the president’s security guards were injured in the attack.


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