The Haitian government begins to crumble as Prime Minister Ariel Henry comes under increased scrutiny from authorities investigating the president’s murder, with a senior official resigning as he accused Henry of obstructing justice in a letter with harsh terms
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – The Haitian government begins to collapse as Prime Minister Ariel Henry comes under increased scrutiny by authorities investigating the murder of the president after a senior official resigns Wednesday when he accused Henry of obstructing justice in a letter with harsh terms.
Luberice also said he was concerned about the alleged evidence against Henry in the murder of President Jovenel Moïse.
“May each minister live up to his mission at this historic crossroads,” he declared.
A spokesperson for Henry declined to comment.
Last week, former Port-au-Prince Bed-Ford chief prosecutor Claude asked Henry to meet with him on Tuesday to explain why he had two phone conversations with a key suspect just hours after the murder of Moses on July 7 at his home. The suspect, Joseph Badio, was fired from the government’s anti-corruption unit in May and remains a fugitive.
On Tuesday, Claude ordered the judge in charge of the case to charge and investigate the prime minister based on this evidence. A few hours later, a new chief prosecutor replaced Claude on Henry’s order.
The developments underscore that Moïse’s Tèt Kale party is fracturing, said Robert Fatton, a Haitian political expert at the University of Virginia.
Among those separating is Senate Speaker Joseph Lambert, a former ally of Moses who recently proclaimed himself provisional president in a move that only received the support of several politicians and was neither recognized by the administration of Henry nor by anyone in the international community.
“I don’t know how long the power struggle can go on,” Fatton said. “This is all confusing. We’ll have to wait and see if the situation works out and if Ariel Henry wins this battle.
Henry, who Moses appointed prime minister shortly before he was killed, did not speak publicly about the issue this week, saying only over the weekend that he was focusing on stabilizing Haiti and not would not be distracted by summons, maneuvers or threats.
More than 40 suspects were arrested in the murder, including 18 former Colombian soldiers who accused Haitian authorities of torturing them while in detention. The investigation suffered several setbacks, including death threats that forced court clerks into hiding and a judge to resign after the death of one of his assistants in unclear circumstances.