Attorney general of the country wants Ariel Henry, the interim prime minister , answer the questions sur the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse this summer.
The Chief Prosecutor of Haiti said on Tuesday that there was evidence linking the acting prime minister to assassination of President Jovenel Moïse , and forbade him to leave the country until he answers the questions to this topic.
Last week, the prosecutor issued a summons to the police for Prime Minister Ariel Henry, asking him to testify about the contacts that he had with one of the main murder suspects. Phone records show that Mr. Henry spoke with the suspect - Joseph Badio , one year oldformer government officer - within hours of Mr. Moïse's death in his residence near Port-au-Prince, the capital.
M r. Henry is by far the most prominent figure to have been involved in a murder investigation that resulted in the arrest of over 40 people, but failed to shed light on who ordered and paid for the murder. President - and why.
Detainees included Mr. Moïse's security agents, businessmen, three Haitian Americans and 18 accused Colombian mercenaries for leading the assault on Mr. Moïse's residence. And the police have issued at least a dozen additional arrest warrants, including one against Mr. Badio, whom Haitian authorities accuse of having armed and directed Colombian mercenaries on the night of the attack.
But as the tracks cool and the main suspects disappearreas, the investigation seems to be heading towards a political power struggle . Competing elite factions are using Mr. Moïse's murder to attack opponents, leading many Haitians to fear that they will never see justice served for a crime that has left the nation adrift.
The prime minister 's office called the travel ban illegal and "political theater " and said it had not been directly informed of this decision by prosecutor Bed-Ford Claude.
That the prosecutor, Mr. Claude, have the power to investigate and demand questioning Mr. Henry or indicting him in the assassination is doubtful. Mr. Claude no longer has authority over the case, which is now in the hands of a judge.
And theHaitian law prohibits the judicial authorities from prosecuting senior officials without the authorization of the Head of State, the post no doubt now occupied by Mr. Henry.
Mr. Henry, a neurosurgeon who was appointed prime minister by Mr Moses just days before the murder, has struggled to assert his authority over the country since he was sworn in in July. In previous remarks to the media, Mr. Henry has denied any connection to the murder and the title said the brains of the plot remained on the loose .
Police are investigating a complex plot that they say ChristianEmmanuel Sanon , who was born in Haiti and lives in Florida. Authorities say he plotted to kill the president and take power .
But none of the suspects detained seem to have had the means to finance the plot - or the ability to seize power after the president's death. This left many questions unanswered.
Meanwhile, a political divide that began in the final years of Mr. Moïse 's presidency has grown. has worsened since his assassination. He split Haitian leaders, increased instability in a country facing a series of crises and threatened the integrity of the investigation into his death.
The Haiti cabinet is now shared between the allies of Mr. Moïse and those of his predecessor, Michel Martelly,which is the expected favorite of the next presidential election.
The assassination of the President of Haiti
Mr. Martelly called on Mr. Moïse to succeed him as president in 2015, pulling him out of political obscurity. But officials close to Mr. Moïse said relations between the two men were became more and more tense, Mr. Martelly being angry with Mr. Moïse for not having openly supported him for the next elections.
In In the weeks leading up to the president's death, Mr. Martelly pressured Mr. Moïse to shake up his cabinet, appointing new ministers and Mr. Henry as prime minister, according to an international diplomat and officials close to the deceased president.
But Mr. Moïse insisted on keeping several officials in key positions, including the ministers of justice and finance and the public prosecutor , who are now trying to advance the murder investigation.
The diplomates say national elections which were scheduled for this year are likely to be postponed until next year, due to violence and political disarray.
Days after the chief prosecutor summoned Mr. Henry for questioning, Haitian media reported that the prime minister had relieved the justice minister and the prosecutor of their duties. These reports were confirmed by two officials close to the case.
Milo Milfort and Constant Meheut contributed to the report.