The country’s chief prosecutor wants Acting Prime Minister Ariel Henry to answer questions about the assassination of President Jovenel Mosse this summer.
Haiti’s chief prosecutor on Tuesday ordered the caretaker prime minister not to leave the country until he answers questions about the July assassination of President Jovanel Mosse.
Last week, the prosecutor issued a police subpoena for Prime Minister Ariel Henry, requesting that he answer questions about contacts with one of the main suspects in the murder.
Phone records show that Dr Henry spoke with the suspect – Joseph Badio, a former intelligence officer – hours after Mr Mosse was killed at his residence near the capital, Port-au-Prince.
It is not clear what relationship Dr. Henry had with Mr. Badio, if any, which has since gone into hiding.
Dr Henry’s spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. In previous remarks to the media, Dr Henry has denied any connection to the murder and said that the masterminds of the conspiracy remain at large.
The prosecutor’s move comes amid an escalating power struggle in Haiti following the killing of Mr. Mr Henry, a neurosurgeon who was named prime minister by Mr Moses days before the assassination, has struggled to take over the country since being sworn in in July.
Haitian police have detained several people in connection with the murder, including 18 Colombians and several Haitian and Haitian Americans, and are still searching for others. Suspects include retired Colombian commandos, a former judge and two members of the president’s security team.
Police are investigating a complex conspiracy which they say has spread to several countries. They say it revolves around a little-known doctor and pastor, Christian Emmanuel Sanon, who was born in Haiti and lives in Florida. Officials say he conspired to assassinate the president and seize power.
Many questions remain unanswered, including whether any of those named in the investigation had the means to finance the conspiracy.
Milo Millafort contributed reporting.