A top Haitian prosecutor was dismissed from his post on Tuesday by Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry, shortly after the prosecutor had called for charges to be brought against Henry in connection with President Jovenel Moise’s assassination, in the latest political upheaval stemming from Moise’s July death.

Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry attends a ceremony in honor of late President Jovenel Moise at … [+] the National Pantheon Museum in Port-au-Prince on July 20, 2021.
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Henry’s office announced a replacement for prosecutor Bed-Ford Claude in a Tuesday evening tweet, and the Associated Press and Wall Street Journal reported that Henry informed Claude of his firing in a letter that cited an “administrative fault.”

The dismissal came after Claude recommended charges against Henry, claiming the prime minister communicated with assassination suspect and ex-government official Joseph Badio several hours after Moise’s death, multiple news outlets reported.

Moise was killed in an early morning attack on his home in Haiti’s capital of Port-au-Prince about two months ago. The assassination flung the country into political turmoil: Then-acting Prime Minister Claude Joseph shut down the country’s borders and declared a “state of siege,” imposing a form of temporary martial law. Amid the confusion, Henry — whom Moise had appointed to replace Joseph just two days before the assassination — claimed control over the country’s government, sparking a power struggle that ended with Joseph’s resignation by mid-July. Meanwhile, Haitian law enforcement officials have arrested dozens of suspects in the assassination plot, including several Colombian soldiers.

Several suspects in Moise’s assassination have ties to the United States. Local police officials reportedly accused a Florida-based doctor of playing a central role and plotting to take over as president after Moise’s death, and law enforcement arrested two Haitian-Americans who later insisted they merely acted as translators for the team.

Amid the political tumult, Haiti faced a brutal earthquake last month that killed more than 2,000 people and destroyed infrastructure in parts of the country.

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