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Judge Investigating Assassination of President Jovenel Noise Steps Down

The judge investigating the assassination of President Jovenel Moise stepped down Friday, less than two days after his clerk was killed, throwing the probe into further disarray five weeks after the country’s leader was gunned down in his home.

In a letter, Judge Mathieu Chanlatte, the judge investigating the murder of President Jovenel Moïse, said he was submitting his resignation from the case for “personal reasons.”

It couldn’t be determined whether Mr. Chanlatte’s exit from the case had to do with the death of his chief clerk, Ernst Lafortune. Mr. Lafortune’s union and colleagues say he was murdered.

In response to a request for comment, Mr. Chanlatte texted a screenshot of a tweet by a local radio station.

According to the tweet, which cited an unnamed source in the judiciary, Mr. Chanlatte had quit the case because “the means requested by the magistrate to do his job well were not given to him.” Mr. Chanlatte didn’t elaborate further.

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