Four police  officers arrested

Four police officers arrested

MASERU – FOUR police officers have been locked up for allegedly trying to help some Chinese nationals conceal unlicensed guns while two others were also arrested for trying to extort a local woman. The four officers have been detained at the police headquarters in Maseru over unlicensed guns that were taken from some Chinese nationals.
Police sources told thepost that the Chinese nationals were nabbed on Friday night along the Roma road at St Michaels during a joint road safety operation by the police, the army and road safety department.

The guns were a pump action, 9mm and 7.65mm.
The unlicensed pump action and the 7.65mm guns had their serial numbers erased.
Sources said the Chinese nationals were detained at Flight One Police station in Mazenod, while the guns were kept in an exhibit room.
But just before sunrise, some police officers arrived in a convoy of three cars and attempted to negotiate for the detainees in exchange for a M50 000 bribe. A police officer in charge of the case refused to accept their offer.

Surprisingly, when the police went back to the exhibit room, the guns had disappeared.
An investigation led to the arrest of the four police officers while the Chinese nationals were inexplicably released from police detention without appearing before the courts.
Sources said a top official successfully negotiated for the release of the Chinese nationals.

The name of the top official has been withheld because he could not be reached for comment before going to print last night.
The police, army, road safety department, the National Security Service and magistrates are working together on the safety campaigns. The campaigns are usually held to control crimes on the roads during this time of the year.

When the Chinese were nabbed, the magistrates were not around as they only work during the day, sources said.
Police spokesman, Senior Inspector Rantoane Motsoetla, confirmed the detention of the four officers.
He said investigations are still continuing.

In the second case, two police officers are in police custody after allegedly soliciting a M3 000 bribe from a woman on Tuesday. They were arrested in a sting operation.
The woman had been arrested at Ha-Tsolo after attempting to use counterfeit notes to buy from a Chinese-owned shop.
The Chinese shop owner informed the police after realising that the money was counterfeit.

Motsoetla said the two police officers, who are both constables, opted not to arrest the woman and instead sought a M3 000 bribe.
Motsoetla said the woman promised to go and look for the money. Her brother advised her against paying the bribe and took her to the Assistant Commissioner of Police Criminal Investigation Division office to report the matter.

The two police officers had agreed with the woman to meet near the Police Training College but the venue was changed to Maseru mall because there are many police officers at the training college.

Motsoetla said they gave the woman the money as a trap for the police officers, who were nabbed as they received the bribe.
The police officers will appear in court as soon as investigations are complete, said the police spokesperson.

Majara Molupe

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