Ratšele says summoned by police

Ratšele says summoned by police

MASERU – THE deputy spokesman for the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD), Apesi Ratšele, says he has been summoned by the police for questioning. Ratšele told thepost last night that he had been asked to report at the police headquarters tomorrow.
He however said he did not know what the police want from him but speculated they could be interested in comments he made over MoAfrika FM yesterday morning.

Ratšele said he will not go to the police station for fear he might be tortured by the police.
“I am instructing my lawyers to file an application in the High Court to stop the police from calling me to their offices,” Ratšele said.
“I am afraid to go there. Everybody knows what happens when one goes to a police station, whether voluntarily surrendering himself or they are arrested at his home and taken there.”

Ratšele said he already knew he would be called by the police because the LCD deputy leader Tšeliso Mokhosi “told me after experiencing torture in police cells that he heard that they wanted me too”. “He said the police were saying I am too liberal and so I should be silenced,” Ratšele said.
He also said when Mokhosi was at a doctor after his ordeal with the police, he was thought of as the one who brought hundreds of the party’s followers there to encourage Mokhosi.

Ratšele said he suspected that the police were angry with him because he criticised the government over its handling of the murder of Prime Minister Thomas Thabane’s wife, Lipolelo Thabane, in mid-July.
“I talked about how the government removed a team that was investigating the murder and replaced it with the one that is dragging its feet,” Ratšele said.

“I think this i0s what angered them,” he said. “These are some of the issues that the opposition parties presented to the SADC Oversight Committee,” he said. “They include the detailed accounts of torture of crime suspects in police cells.”
Police spokesman Inspector Mpiti Mopeli said he was not aware that Ratšele had been called by the police.

Staff Reporter

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