More trouble for Mahao suspects

More trouble for Mahao suspects

MASERU – THE eight soldiers accused of the murder of Lieutenant General Maparaankoe Mahao have been slapped with two additional charges of attempted murder.  This time they are being charged for the attempted murder of Mahao Mahao and Mabilikoe Leuta, the two young men who were in the same vehicle with Lt Gen Mahao where he was shot dead on his way from Mokema in July 2015.
The prosecution says the eight “unlawfully and intentionally” subjected Mahao and Leuta “to risk of death by shooting inside the car” they were travelling in.

The intention, the indictment said, was to kill the two men.
The additional charges come as the eight are fighting for bail in the High Court.
The two men who are Lt Gen Mahao’s relatives have played a crucial rule in unravelling what happened to the commander on that fateful day.
They also testified before a commission set up to investigate Lt Gen Mahao’s murder.

Their version was in stark contrast to what the army claimed to have happened when soldiers attacked the general.
As the only eyewitnesses they are likely to be star state witnesses in the trial of the eight soldiers.
The Mahaos have said they want a foreign judge to preside over the trial.
The family believes the eight were “mere mercenaries” acting on instructions from senior army officers and officials in government at that time.

Staff Reporter

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