Judge Garry Orelien was appointed to investigate the assassination of President Jovenel Moise. Photo via WIC News

Haitian judicial officials announced last week they have appointed Judge Garry Orélien as the new prosecutor to investigate the assassination of President Jovenel Moise, two weeks after Judge Mathieu Chanlatte stepped down citing personal reasons. Soon after the announcement, activists questioned Orélien’s credentials and ability to carry out the investigation.

Bernard Saint-Vil, dean of the Court of First Instance of Port-au-Prince, announced Orelien’s appointment Aug. 21. Soon after, Minister of Justice and Public Security Rockfeller Vincent publicized the change.

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Samuel Celiné is a Haitian Times correspondent in Haiti covering politics and social events. He joined the team in July 2021 after working for the online news publication Ayibopost following his time at the Port-au-Prince daily, Le Nouvelliste. He IS ALSO a radio Journalist. Poet in his soul, Celiné loves journalism and has a passion for investigative reporting. Samuel Celiné can be reached at smlceline@gmail.com