7 soldiers grilled over death of commando

7 soldiers grilled over death of commando

MASERU – POLICE have grilled seven soldiers over last year’s death of a commando soldier, on Tuesday. The soldier, who was allegedly battered, died at Queen ‘Mamohato Memorial Hospital (QMMH) where he had been admitted with serious injuries. All of them returned to their respective work places after the interrogation. Police spokesman Superintendent Mpiti Mopeli said the army officers were going to help them with investigations into the death of the army officer who was deployed at Mafeteng military camp.

Superintendent Mopeli could not give further details. He could not tell if the police had found anything that could connect them to the death of the soldier. thepost has been told that the soldier was a member of a group of commandos who had been punished for sneaking out of the camp. “They were subjected to severe torture in the process of interrogation,” a source said. It was during that interrogation when the soldier allegedly asked to relieve himself.

The source said the interrogation ended up in a form of serious punishment and the soldier never returned to the torture scene after relieving himself but went straight to his bed. “His bosses found him and intensified their torture against him. They assaulted him with sticks until he vomited blood,” the source said. The source said some junior officials informed their bosses about the plight of the soldier that he needed urgent medical attention. The soldier was admitted at QMMH where he later died. Another source said the other junior army officers who witnessed the deadly torture were ordered not to reveal anything about the incident.

“They were asked not to divulge the incidents leading to the death of the soldier or else they would regret the day they were born,” the source added.

Majara Molupe

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