Bombings case postponed to Wednesday

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By Itumeleng Koleile

The High Court has postponed to Wednesday this week the beginning of a trial of the former army commander, Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli, and his co-accused for bombings at the homes of Moshoeshoe II homes of former First Lady Maesiah Thabane, ‘Mamoshoeshoe Moletsane, and the Ha Abia residence of former police commissioner Khothatso Tšooana.

Kamoli’s is set to stand trial alongside Major Pitso Ramoepane, Captain Litekanyo Nyakane, Lance Corporal Motloheloa Ntsane and Lance Corporal Leutsoa Motsieloa.

The soldiers are faced with numerous charges of attempted murder and malicious damage to property for bombing the three homes almost on 27 January 2014 simultaneously.

The attempted murder charges relate to the bombing of Maesiah’s house before she was married to former Prime Minister Thomas Thabane. Occupants of Maesiah’s house at the time of the incident included Victor Ferreira, Nthabeleng Lesoetsa and Keneuoe Letsie.

Elderly Ms Moletsane, Maesiah’s neighbor in Moshoeshoe II was also in her house together with one Fane Moletsane at the time of the bombing.

former Commissioner Tšooana, ‘Mapalesa Tšooana, Palesa Tšooana, Reabetsoe Tšooana, Rethabile Selialia, Thuto Selialia, Nkopane Tšooana and ‘Mamose-Batho Ralijo also survived the bombing at their house.

Appearing on behalf of the prosecution are Advocate Shaun Abrahams, Advocate Rafoneke and Advocate Rathebe.

While advocate Letuka Molati,   Advocate Napo Mafaesa, Advocate Nathane represent the accused persons.