Kamoli faces more charges

Kamoli faces more charges

MASERU– RETIRED army commander Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli is likely to face a battery of new charges in addition to the 14 counts of attempted murder he got early this week. Police sources this week said the 14 counts of attempted murder are just the beginning of a plentora of charges Lt Gen Kamoli is likely to face in the next few weeks.

Lt. Gen Kamoli was charged after a marathon interrogation by the police.
He remains in custody as his lawyer works on filing his bail application at the High Court.
The application is likely to be filed next week.

But sources say even if the bail application succeeds the police are getting ready to lay new charges against him.
So far the charges against the former commander are related to the 2014 alleged bombings at the houses of former police commissioner Khothatso Tšooana and Liabiloe Ramoholi, who is now the First Lady, and ‘Mamoletsane Moletsane.
The charges are for each person who was in the houses at the time of the alleged bombing. The charge sheet gives the impression that Lt. Gen Kamoli was present during the bombings and actually detonated the bombs.

Police spokesperson Inspector Mpiti Mopeli said the investigation has not yet been closed.
“For now the charges that have been brought against him are the ones on which we have gathered enough evidence on but it cannot be said that the investigation has been closed with regards to other suspected crimes,” Mopeli said.

“When we have gathered evidence on the other suspected crimes we will be able to bring further charges. At the moment I am not at liberty to reveal which cases are still being investigated.”

Some of the cases police are investigating include the army’s raid on police stations that led to the killing of a police officer in August 2014.
Police could probably be also looking into the alleged raid on the State House by soldiers in what some have described as an attempted coup.
The killing of army commander Brigadier Maaparankoe Mahao by soldiers in June 2015 is also highly likely to be on the police’s radar.
When asked about these incidents Inspector Mopeli was noncommittal, only saying “all such issues are being investigated”.

He however said apart from Lt Gen Kamoli the police were still gathering evidence against his suspected conspirators.
“This is still an on-going investigation,” he said.  Lt Gen Kamoli handed himself to the police last week.
Before then speculation had been rife that the former commander might be arrested for crimes allegedly committed by the army when he was in charge between 2012 and 2016.

Lt Gen Kamoli retired after pressure from SADC whose commission had recommended that he should be removed.
After months of resisting the government eventually reluctantly gave in to regional and international pressure.
Yet even then the government insisted that Lt Gen Kamoli had not done anything wrong. At his farewell, the then Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili described him as a loyal, dedicated and hardworking soldier.

Staff Reporter

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