Prime Minister of Haiti has ordered the sack of the Chief Public prosecutor investigating the assassination of the late President Jovenel Moise, the spokesman said on Tuesday.
Ariel Henry issued the sack after the prosecutor sought charges against the PM as a suspect in the murder case.
The Port-au-Prince’s Chief, Ben-Ford Claude had linked Henry to the killing, and discussed the possible charges with a judge. He also instructed the country’s immigration authority to bar the Prime Minister from leaving the country.
Late President Moise was shot dead on July 7 when assassins stormed his private residence in the hills above Port-au-Prince. The 53-year old had been governing by decree for more than a year after Haiti failed to hold legislative and municipal elections amid a political gridlock and had faced many calls to step down.
Henry, a political moderate and neurosurgeon whom Moise named prime minister just days before his death in an attempt to reduce political tensions, took over government thereafter.
Since the gruesome murder, government government officials have continued to hunt for a mastermind and motive.
Last week, Claude invited Henry to testify about the case, citing phone records that Henry twice communicated with a man believed to be the mastermind behind Moise’s killing on the night of the crime.
But Henry disputed the allegations.
In a tweet on Tuesday, Chief Press officer to the PM, Glaphyra Tracy Civil Chery announced that his boss has replaced Claude.
Frantz Louis Juste was later announced and installed as Port-au-Prince’s new interim top prosecutor.
It remains unclear if the Prime Minister has the power to ultimately force Claude out of his post as legal experts and former government officials argue that only the Justice Minister can fire the prosecutor.