On Friday, Haiti’s chief public prosecutor invited Prime Minister Ariel Henry to meet with him next week to explain why he met with one of the major suspects in former President Jovenel Moise’s assassination on the night of the crime.
According to a letter delivered to Henry by prosecutor Bed-Ford Claude, only a president could grant official summons to someone of his status, but the country lacked one. Instead, he was “invited” to attend and participate.
The hearing at the Court of First Instance of Port-au-Prince would take place at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, it said.
“The head of the criminal prosecution would be grateful if you could present yourself … to cooperate with Haitian justice if you so wish, taking into account the restrictions given your status as a senior state official,” the letter said.
Henry did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
Moise was shot dead when assassins stormed his private residence in the hills above Port-au-Prince on July 7, plunging the impoverished Caribbean country deeper into turmoil.
Investigators say former Haitian justice ministry official Joseph Felix Badio may have ordered the assassination.
Subpoenaed records from cellphone operator Digicel have now also enabled them to confirm accusations that Badio and Henry spoke on July 7, twice at around 4 a.m., just hours after Moise’s killing, according to the letter sent on Friday.
Geolocalisation data also show Badio was speaking from the scene of the crime, the letter said.