Prosecutors are trying to prosecute Haiti’s Prime Minister Ariel Henry as a suspect in the assassination of Haiti’s president.
Henry became prime minister weeks after President Jovenel Moise, who was shot dead when an assassin attacked his private residence on the hills above Port-au-Prince on July 7.
Prosecutor Bedford Claude, who is investigating the murder, said on Tuesday that telephone records indicate that Mr Henry had communicated twice with the main suspect in the murder of Moses on the night of the crime.
A former Justice Ministry official, publicly defended by the suspect, Henry, is currently on the run.
“There are enough compromises to prosecute Mr Henry and seek his full prosecution,” Claude wrote in a letter requesting action from Judge Gary Olerien.
“We should be barred from leaving the land by air, sea, or road because of serious estimates related to the assassination of the president,” Henry added.
The case judge, Gary Olerien, needs to investigate at Mr. Claude’s request and has three months to determine if the facts of the case justify any action. He then issued an ordinance dictating what would happen to the case.
On Monday, an independent Civil Protection Agency demanded that Mr Henry resign after it was revealed that he was under investigation for a crime and urged the international community to stop supporting him.
Meanwhile, Justice Minister Rockefeller Vincent ordered the chief of the Haitian National Police to strengthen Mr. Claude’s security after the prosecutor had been threatened with “important and disturbing” threats.
The prime minister has avoided publicly commenting on the line, and the telecommunications agency said it did not have immediate comments.
On Saturday, Henry said:
“The real criminals, intellectuals, co-authors, and sponsors of the assassination of President Jovenel Moise will be found, tried, and punished for their crimes.”
Additional reporting by the institution