/ 16 September 2021

Haiti’s PM faces questions over assassination

Image source: AFP
Designated Prime Minister Ariel Henry looks on after a ceremony at La Primature in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on July 20, 2021. - The ceremony comes as designated Prime Minister Ariel Henry prepared to replace interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph, after the July 7 attack at Moïse's private home. (Photo by Valerie Baeriswyl / AFP)

In a stunning plot twist, Haiti’s PM Ariel Henry has been banned from leaving the country while an investigation into his alleged involvement in the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse in July is underway. Henry – who was selected to be Haiti’s next PM by Moïse 2 days before his murder – is facing questions over his alleged connection to a key suspect in the killing, Joseph Felix Badio. Phone records reveal the pair spoke several times in the hours after the assassination, prosecutors say. Also raising eyebrows was Henry’s sacking of Chief Prosecutor Bed-Ford Claude on Monday over a “serious administrative offence”. Claude then asked the judge on Tuesday morning to press charges against Henry before he was replaced. Earlier in the week, Henry denounced what he called “diversionary tactics” intended to “sow confusion”, but he hasn’t publicly responded to the accusations.

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