Nyakane cries foul

Nyakane cries foul

MASERU – DETAINED triple murder suspect Captain Litekanyo Nyakane of the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) says he is being ill-treated by prison guards.

Captain Nyakane told Justice Teboho Moiloa in the High Court on Tuesday that the guards were denying him his rights to talk to his lawyer.
“My Lord I would like to ask if it’s wrong to talk to my representative in court if there is anything I need to say to him.” Captain Nyakane said.
He also wanted to know “whether there are rules on which position to face while talking to my representative”.
Justice Moiloa said Captain Nyakane should be allowed to talk to his legal representative without hindrance.
“You have every right to talk to your lawyer. If you have something to say to him, you just call him and he will come to you,” he said.

“If you feel comfortable talking to your lawyer standing, then it is okay, you people should stop that behaviour,” Moiloa said, warning prison guards to respect the rights of accused persons.

Captain Nyakane and other accused persons appeared in court for a pre-trial conference. The cases were postponed to March 19 because foreign judges coming into the country to hear high profile cases such as Captain Nyakane’s are yet to arrive.
Advocate ’Mamongongo Basi, for the crown, told the court that she received information from the registrar of the High Court, Starford Sharite, that preparations for bringing foreign judges are in progress.

“Judge Charles Hungwe from Zimbabwe will be one of the judges who will hear this case,” Sharite said.

Captain Nyakane and four other soldiers are accused of killing Pakiso Ntala Letatabe, Thabang Masole and Monyake Matsie in April 2012 in Mafeteng district.

The other suspects are Lance Corporal Khauhelo Makoae, 35, Lance Corporal Sebilo Sebilo, 33, Private Tšepo Tlakeli, 32, and Private Thebe Tšephe, 37.
They are all in custody.

Itumeleng Khoete


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