“We saw some of the mistreatment these Haitians went through and it hit us a lot,” Henry told CNN. “What we are saying is that as long as there are countries better off than others, there will always be an appeal to the wealthier.”
Henry said: “We are not responsible for their deportation” and Haiti “cannot interfere in the internal affairs of the United States” – however “all Haitians who return to their native land are entitled to a welcome. “.
Haiti’s elections postponed to 2022
“The train derailed for a while in Haiti,” Henry said. “We want to move as quickly as possible towards the restoration of democracy through elections.”
Henry said the members of the Electoral Council were fired because they “could not hold an election,” and the process to replace them was underway.
“We have taken the decision today to stop this electoral council and to form another, which will be more consensual and which will be accepted by the whole of society,” he added.
Henry said the elections would take place after a revision of the country’s constitution: “We will be reviewing the constitution in the first months of the coming year and the elections will take place immediately after.”
Investigation into the Murder of Moses
The ongoing investigation has uncovered dozens of suspects, including US and Colombian citizens, but government officials continue to search for brain and motive.
Speaking to CNN, Henry denied obstructing the investigation, saying the couple were fired “for breaking the law.”
“It is important for us that President Jovenel Moise has justice, it is fundamental for us and we will give all the means to justice so that justice is done”, he declared. “We do not want to interfere in this trial (…) I do not even ask to know what is going on in the case. What I am saying is that the president must have justice and that this justice must be accompanied by independent judges. “
Henry said he had “no recollection” of the phone call “or if it took place.”
“It means for me it wasn’t an important call, if I don’t remember it,” he said. “I have no interest in being associated with these people and I never have been and I will not be.”
“I will ask the Ministry of Justice to follow up and if there are innocent people they should be released. We don’t want to keep people in jail just because they are Colombians or because they are caught. for assassins … and who are not assassins, “said Henry.
The prime minister admitted he was concerned for his own safety, saying Moise died in his bed “because he was president of Haiti”.
“One of the reasons I think we need to know what happened that night is because I feel like I’m in danger as well,” he said, adding that Moise has “the right to exemplary justice and I will ensure that this justice is exemplary and honest.”
Henry acknowledged that he also needed foreign aid to tackle gang violence in the country and that he was determined to stamp out criminal activity.
“We asked friendly countries for specific support to support the police, the ability to fight these bandits and get out of public life, so that the economy can resume, so that our children can go about their business on a regular basis,” ” he said.
“Everyone who is involved in gangs, whether they are politicians, businessmen or other citizens, are themselves bandits and must suffer the same fate as the bandits.”
CNN’s Melissa Bell, Pierre Bairin and Mark Esplin reported in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Helen Regan wrote from Hong Kong. CNN’s Caitlin Hu, Etant Dupain, Sharif Paget and Jennifer Deaton contributed.