The Haitian judge in charge of the inquiry into President Jovenel Moise’s killing revealed in a letter on Friday that he has withdrawn from the case, adding to the chaos in the continuing investigation into the heinous crime.
The news: Garry Orelien was appointed as the case’s investigative judge in August. His term ended in December, and he claimed that his request for a renewal was denied.
- According to a copy of the letter, Orelien stated he ceded the investigation ” around the facts of the assassination of the President of the Republic Jovenel Moise, this for personal reasons.” In a telephone interview, Orelien confirmed that he drafted the letter but declined to further.
- None of the hundreds of individuals arrested by Haitian police were charged as a result of his investigation. In an interview this week, Orelien blamed the lack of progress on the absence of assistance from other Haitian organisations.
- The future steps in the Haiti investigation were unclear. However, the United States is increasingly involved in the investigation of the crime.
What they’re saying: In an interview with a local radio station on Tuesday, Bernard Saint-Vil, the head of the Port-au-Prince tribunal who assigned Orelien to the probe, indicated that Orelien was fired because his investigation was not completed on time.
- Orelien had initially stated that he would continue to work on the matter.
- Requests for comment were not returned by Saint-Vil.
Moise’s assassination exacerbated Haiti’s perilous political and security situation, encouraging gangs to extend territory and ramp up kidnappings, including the two-month kidnapping of a group of Canadian and American missionaries.