’Maesaiah case postponed

’Maesaiah case postponed

MASERU – FIRST Lady ’Maesaiah Thabane’s murder case has been postponed to March 17 to give the police time to arrest the remaining suspects.
Eight people accused of taking part in Lipolelo Thabane’s murder are still at large.

The Director of Public Prosecutions will also still have to give a directive on who among the suspects will be charged.
The police have publicly declared that they also have a strong case of accessory to murder against Prime Minister Thomas Thabane but they are yet to make a decision whether to charge him.

Late last month Attorney General Haae Phoofolo advised Commissioner Holomo Molibeli against calling Thabane for questioning at a police station, saying it could trigger a constitutional crisis.
Commissioner Molibeli had written to Thabane asking him to report at his office for questioning over the brutal killing of his estranged wife, Lipolelo Thabane.

Advocate Phoofolo said the decision to summon Thabane “while he is still in office as the Prime Minister is leading the country into unchartered waters that may eventually put our country into a constitutional crisis”.
Advocate Phoofolo said Thabane is the “head of government, meaning all the government institutions including the police, and while in office all the executive powers of the government he leads, are vested in him”.
“So, summoning him . . . like an ordinary project manager elsewhere may be tantamount to undermining his executive authority over government,” Advocate Phoofolo said.

“The ground reality is that, while the police institution has settled into a groove, and are firing from all cylinders, they are bound to observe protocol and genuflect to the government authority,” he said.
According to the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Paseka Mokete there are eight suspects involved in the murder of Lipolelo and attempted murder of her friend, Thato Sibolla.

The police questioned Thabane over the case because his mobile phone was used at the crime scene when his wife was shot to death.
DCP Mokete explained they have a strong case against the First Lady and the other eight suspects who are alleged to be in South Africa and it would not be easy for them to catch them.

Last week the police called the Terene leader, Rethabile Mokete also known as Mosotho Chakela, for questioning but he never showed up.
Local papers say he said he was on his way to Mozambique so he would not be able to report himself to the Lesotho police at that time.

DCP Mokete said some of the suspects are going to evade arrest so that they will not be prosecuted, explaining that even the First Lady absconded.
He complained that some people in the government helped her to escape and are still willing to assist her not to attend trial.

Itumeleng Khoete


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