Haiti PM wanted for talk on Moise slaying

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Haiti's chief public prosecutor has invited Prime Minister Ariel Henry to meet him next week to explain why he spoke with one of the main suspects in the assassination of former President Jovenel Moise on the night of the crime.

A letter sent by prosecutor Bed-Ford Claude to Henry says only a president can authorise official summons to someone of his rank, but the country is without one. Instead, he is being "invited" to attend and co-operate.

The hearing at the Court of First Instance of Port-au-Prince would take place on Tuesday.

"The head of the criminal prosecution would be grateful if you could present yourself ... to co-operate with Haitian justice if you so wish, taking into account the restrictions given your status as a senior state official," the letter says.

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 mobile phone operator Digicel have also enabled them to confirm accusations that Badio and Henry spoke on July 7, twice about 4am, 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 says.

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