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The world is investigating the death of Haitian President Jovnell Moyes

Chief Attorney Haiti, Bedford Claude, asked the judge overseeing the investigation into the president’s assassination Jovnell Moyes To condemn the current Prime Minister of the country Ariel Henry for crime. Claude also asked Henry to stop leaving the country.

Moses Shot in his homeIn the early hours of July 7, none of its security personnel were injured (See Crime and Trial below).

“There are sufficient conciliatory elements to prosecute Henry and to prosecute him directly,” the trial judge wrote in the petition to Judge Gary O’Reilly.

Claude mentioned in a letter to the country’s immigration services Prime Minister “should be banned from leaving national territory by air, sea or road due to strong speculation about the assassination of the President”.

Troops guard the coffin of Haitian assassinated President Jovnell Moyes during the official funeral on July 23, 2021 – Photo: Valerie Parisville / AFP

Heidi’s Attorney General Henry was summoned on Friday (10) to a meeting on the trial on Tuesday (14). This is because the Prime Minister spoke to one of the key suspects in the case just hours after the murder.

Henry was summoned and not summoned because a prime minister could legally testify in Haiti only with the permission of the president, but the place has been vacant since Moyes was assassinated.

The prime minister had several phone calls with Joseph Felix Patio, director of the anti-corruption unit of the Haitian Ministry of Justice, and officials say he played a key role in the assassination.. He escapes.

Says Claude The two calls took place on July 7 at 4:03 a.m. and 4:20 p.m..

In the midst of the investigation, Haitian Justice Minister Rockefeller Vincent sent a stern letter to the head of the National Police, demanding an immediate increase in the security of the attorney general, who has received “significant and confusing” threats in recent days.

‘Distraction Maneuvers’

Neither Henry nor the Prime Minister’s spokesmen have spoken yet.. He said on Saturday (11) that “distraction maneuvers that create chaos and prevent justice from doing its job peacefully will not be tolerated.”

“The real culprits, intellectual teachers, co-authors and supporters of the brutal assassination of President Jovnell Moyes will be found, brought to justice and punished for their crimes,” said Ariel Henry.

According to the Associated Press The prime minister said he had previously known Pedio on local radio and was protecting him, adding that he did not believe he was involved in the crime..

Patio was the director of the anti-corruption unit of the Haitian Ministry of Justice. He joined the division in 2013, But he was fired in May after “serious violations” of ethical rules (Not disclosed at the time).

Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry speaks at a press conference in Port-au-Prince after the earthquake that struck Haiti-Photo: Reginald Luisand Jr. / AFP

Threats and death during interrogation

As part of the investigation, 48 people were arrested, including 18 Colombians and two Americans of Haitian descent. Regarding Moyes’ murder, none of the security guards at his home were shot and killed.

In August, the American newspaper “The New York Times” revealed it A judge and two court officials were pressured to change witness statements and received death threats.

Marceline Valentin and Vaughan Palestine, Bail and Carl Henry Testin, Judge, Asked security officials for support, but was ignored..

In the same month, the judge appointed to oversee the criminal investigation resigned, citing personal reasons, as one of his assistants died under unclear circumstances.

Named Gary O’Reilly in his place, he will decide on a request to condemn the Prime Minister of Haiti.

Request for the resignation of the Prime Minister

Monday (13), The Haitian Civil Defense Office released a video demanding Henry’s resignation It also called on the international community to stop supporting it.

“The prime minister cannot be in office without cleaning up these dark areas,” said Renan Hatowil, a lawyer who heads the cabinet. “You have to get rid of all these doubts.”

Jovnell Moyes (center), then President of Haiti, walked with First Lady Martin Moyes; And the country’s interim Prime Minister, Claude Joseph (right), on May 18, 2021, at a ceremony marking the 218th anniversary of the creation of the Haitian flag. On July 7, 2021, Moise was shot dead at home, and the first woman was shot. – Photo: Joseph Odalin / AB

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