Haiti’s chief prosecutor on Tuesday ordered the performing prime minister to not depart the nation till he solutions questions concerning the July assassination of President Jovenel Moïse.
Final week, the prosecutor issued a police summons for the prime minister, Ariel Henry, requesting that he reply questions on contact he had with one of many chief suspects within the killing.
Cellphone information present that Mr. Henry spoke with the suspect — Joseph Badio, a former intelligence officer — within the hours after Mr. Moïse was killed in his residence close to Port-au-Prince, the capital.
It’s unclear what relation, if any, Mr. Henry had with Mr. Badio, who has since gone into hiding.
Mr. Henry’s spokesman didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. In earlier remarks to the information media, Mr. Henry has denied any connection to the homicide and mentioned the masterminds of the plot remained at giant.
The prosecutor’s transfer comes amid an escalating energy battle in Haiti within the aftermath of Mr. Moïse’s homicide. Mr. Henry, a neurosurgeon who was named prime minister by Mr. Moïse simply days earlier than the killing, has struggled to claim authority over the nation since being sworn into workplace in July.
The Haitian police have detained a number of individuals in reference to the assassination, together with 18 Colombians and a number of other Haitians and Haitian Individuals, and are nonetheless in search of others. The suspects embrace retired Colombian commandos, a former decide and two members of the president’s safety workforce.
The police are investigating a fancy plot that they are saying stretches throughout a number of nations. They are saying it revolves round a little-known physician and pastor, Christian Emmanuel Sanon, who was born in Haiti and lives in Florida. Officers say he conspired to kill the president and seize energy.
Many questions stay unanswered, together with that not one of the individuals named within the investigation appeared to have had the means to finance the plot.
Milo Milfort contributed reporting.