The Prosecutor’s Office in Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital, issued a decree prohibiting Prime Minister Ariel Henry from leaving the country as a suspect in the murder case of former President Jovenel Moïse.
Prosecutor Claude Belfort supports his accusation in the record of two phone calls between Henry and suspects of ordering the murder a few minutes after the attack, including Joseph Felix Badio, accused of being one of the masterminds of the crime.
The prime minister denies his relationship with the murder. “Actions to create confusion and prevent justice from being done cannot occur. The real culprits, the intellectual authors and those responsible for the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, will be tried and punished for their actions,” Henry assured.
:: Haiti: there are reports of Colombia and Venezuelan opposition’s relationship with the assassination of Moise ::
Last weekend, Haiti reached an agreement between government and various opposition parties to postpone elections and keep Ariel Henry’s interim government until 2023. The pact signed last weekend also includes drafting a new constitution through a constituent assembly.
Who is Ariel Henry?
Ariel Henry is a 71-year-old surgeon, scientific advisor to the group fighting covid-19 and was one of the coordinators of the campaign against the cholera epidemic in Haiti in 2012.
He has already served as Minister of Social Affairs and Labor (2011-2016), and of the Interior, in 2016, during the term of Michel Martelly. In 2006, he had been Minister of Health.
He helped found the Convergence Démocratique movement, in opposition to the government of Jean-Bertrand Aristide. He is currently a member of the social-democratic party Inite.
Edition: Arturo Hartmann