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Haiti ombudsman demands PM resignation amid slaying probe

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti‘s Office of Citizen Protection posted a video Monday demanding that Prime Minister Ariel Henry step down as authorities seek to interview him about telephone calls he allegedly had with a key suspect in the president’s assassination.

Attorney Renan Hédouville, who directs the ombudsman-like office, said Henry should appear at the public prosecutor’s office as requested to help shed light on the July 7 killing of Jovenel Moïse at his private home.

He described the office’s decision to call for Henry‘s resignation as “objective and courageous” and it also urged the international community to stop supporting Henry.

“We would all love to know the content of that conversation,” Hédouville said of the reported calls between Henry and Joseph Badio, a fugitive who once worked at Haiti‘s Ministry of Justice and at the government’s anti-corruption unit until he was fired in May amid accusations of violating unspecified ethical rules.

On Friday, Bedford Claude, chief prosecutor for the capital of Port-au-Prince, issued a letter to Henry asking to meet with him this week if the prime minister agreed.

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