Haiti prosecutor asks judge to charge PM in president's death

Prime Minister Ariel Henry has been barred from leaving country.

Haiti prosecutor asks judge to charge PM in president's death

The investigations into the assassination of former Haitian President Jovenel Moise took an unexpected twist on Tuesday, as the country's top prosecutor has sought charges against Prime Minister Ariel Henry following his alleged involvement in the assassination of Moise.

Port-au-Prince prosecutor Bedford Claude also issued an order on Tuesday banning Henry from leaving Haiti.

Henry was summoned to testify after the investigators confirmed a series of phone calls between him and Joseph Felix Badion, one of the three main suspects in the assassination. Badion, a former Haitian Justice Ministry official, is currently believed to be on the run.

The prime minister has denied the accusations.

“The real culprits, the masterminds and sponsors of the odious assassination of President Jovenel Moise, will be identified, brought to justice and punished for their crime,” Henry published on Twitter on Sept. 11.

Moise, 53, was assassinated on July 7 by armed commandos at his home in Port-au-Prince.

One day before his death, Moise appointed Henry but he was not sworn in. After the assassination, interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph took control of the country unleashing a crisis for the political class. Days later, Joseph handed power to Henry, who promised to form a provisional consensus government until elections were held.

Authorities confirmed 26 suspects have been arrested, including three police officers and 18 former Colombian soldiers involved in the assassination.