Kamoli wants Thabane to testify

Kamoli wants Thabane to testify

MASERU – FORMER army boss Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli will call Prime Minister Thomas Thabane to testify on his behalf in his bail application. Lieutenant General Kamoli, who is facing a litany of attempted murder and murder charges, has also notified the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) that he will call Public Service Minister Thesele ’Maseribane to testify for him.

Former police commissioner Khothatso Tšooana, who is now the Principal Secretary for the Ministry of Police, is also included on Lieutenant General Kamoli’s potential list of witnesses. Thabane, Maseribane and Tšooana have all claimed that Lieutenant General Kamoli wanted to kill them.
The former commander also says he will call the former Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Molobeli Soulo, to testify.
His lawyer Advocate Letuka Molati tells the DPP in a letter seen by thepost which he served the DPP yesterday that Lieutenant General Kamoli will subpoena the four men to testify and be cross-examined.

“We are going to ask the court to declare them as hostile witnesses,” Molati says in the letter.
“Kindly file your opposing papers as promised on the Thursday the 26th October 2017 so that on Monday the 30th October 2017 we can set a date of hearing and the Registrar can issue subpoenas accordingly.”
Molati refused to comment on the letter last night.

Lieutenant General Kamoli handed himself to the police on October 11 after Senior Superintendent Likhama and Assistant Commissioner Ramachaea instructed him to report to the police headquarters.
After a marathon interrogation the former commander was charged with 14 counts of attempted murder related to the January 2014 bombings at Tšooana’s home and the homes of Thabane’s girlfriend Liabiloe Ramoholi (now First Lady) and her neighbour.

Lieutenant General Kamoli was also charged with the murder of Sub-Inspector Mokheseng Ramahloko who was killed on August 30, 2014 when the army allegedly raided police stations.

In his bail application, Kamoli tells the High Court that he did not kill Sub-Inspector Ramahloko and did not bomb anyone’s residence.
He says instead he wanted the bombings investigated but Tšooana who was at the time the commissioner of police “prevented the joint investigations of the matter by the police, National Security Service (NSS) and the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF)” despite it being sanctioned by Prime Minister Thabane. He alleges that Tšooana “refused to attend even a meeting that was convened by the then Deputy Prime Minister” Mothetjoa Metsing.
He says Metsing was accompanied by ’Maseribane and Soulo at the meeting. He says he was also with the NSS director general at the meeting.

“Your petitioner, in the event of his bail application being resisted, shall subpoena some of the above mentioned people so that the court may make an informed determination of this matter,” the application reads. He says he only learned from Tšooana that the police were investigating the bombings with assistance from foreign forensic investigators.

To justify why he should be granted bail the former commander says he cooperated with the police when he was called to report at the police headquarters. He says he was informed in advance that he was likely to be detained and could face serious charges but he still went to the police station.

“The interest of justice will not be defeated if your petitioner were to be released on bail for the reason that he will not abscond,” the application reads.
He argues that he did not conduct himself in any way that threatens the interests of justice since his retirement from the LDF.
There are no facts to support the fear that he might abscond, he says.

He further says he has not shown any propensity to run away despite having full and ample opportunity to do so after the police told him that he was likely to be detained and that he could face serious charges. The former commander notes that he had the opportunity of distance and time but he conducted himself legally and lawfully because he is prepared to stand trial and clear his name from the alleged charges and the controversy that has been created around it “due to polarised state of the politics amongst Basotho in Lesotho”.

“Your petitioner wishes to live to see his trial and clear his name.” He suggests that his bail deposit should be fixed at M1 000.

Staff Reporter

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