Mokhosi’s driver beaten up

Mokhosi’s driver beaten up

MASERU – The driver of former Minister of Defence Tšeliso Mokhosi was allegedly severely assaulted by police officers last week.

Police nabbed Zele Mphesheane, Mokhosi’s occasional driver, from his Khubetsoana home in the wee hours of last Thursday.

The names of the police officers are known to the paper. Mphesheane was reluctant to talk to the media about his arrest.

But a family member who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal said the police told Mpesheane they said they were arresting him in connection with house-breaking that happened at Ha-Thetsane.

They also said Mpesheane was to help them with the investigations.

However, the family member said all hell broke loose when Mpesheane landed at the Police Headquarters.

“He was coerced to implicate Mokhosi in the death of Constable Mokalekale Khetheng,” the family member said.

Mpesheane was allegedly forced to say that Mokhosi had ordered him to carry the body of Khetheng from Hlotse in Leribe to Ha-Mokhalinyane police station in the outskirts of Maseru.

“When he refused to do as ordered, his torture was intensified,” the source said.

The source said the police officers who had arrested Mpesheane had intimidated him, saying he would be eliminated if he told journalists about his ordeal at the police station.

He was released from police detention on Monday without being charged.

Soon after he was released, Mpesheane went to a hospital to see a doctor.

Mpesheane is a member of the LCD youth committee for Khubetsoana constituency.

LCD deputy spokesman, Apesi Ratšele, said being tortured for 48 hours without being charged is unlawful.

Police spokesperson Inspector Mpiti Mopeli said Mpesheane was called to the police to help with investigations on Khetheng’s death.

Mopeli said Mpesheane was released because there was nothing that linked him with the crime.



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