Haiti’s prosecutor ordered on Tuesday not to leave the country until the acting prime minister answered a question about the assassination of President Jovenel Moise in July.
Last week, prosecutors issued a police subpoena to Prime Minister Ariel Henry, demanding that he answer questions about contact with one of the main suspects in the killing.
According to telephone records, Dr. Henry spoke with a suspect (former intelligence officer Joseph Badio) hours after Moise was killed at his home near the capital, Port-au-Prince.
It is unknown what Dr. Henry had with Mr. Badio, who had been hiding since then.
Dr. Henry’s spokesman did not immediately respond to the request for comment. In a previous statement to the news media, Dr. Henry denied any connection to the murder and said there were still many masterminds of the plot.
The prosecutor’s move is in the midst of an intensifying power struggle in Haiti in the aftermath of Mr. Moise’s murder. Neurosurgeon Henry, who was appointed prime minister by Moise a few days before the killing, has been struggling to claim authority over the country since taking office in July.
Haitian police have detained several people, including 18 Colombians and several Haitians and Haitian Americans, in connection with the assassination and are still looking for others. The suspects include two members of a retired Colombian unit, a former judge, and the president’s security team.
Police are investigating complex plans that they say span several countries. They say it revolves around the lesser-known doctor and minister, Christian Emmanuel Sanon, who was born in Haiti and lives in Florida. Officials say he collusioned to kill the president and seize power.
Many questions remain unanswered, including that none of the people nominated in the survey seemed to have the means to fund the plot.
Milo Milfort contributed to the report.