Ex-first lady in prison for murder

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By Tumisang Serame

Former First Lady, ‘Maesiah Thabane née Liabiloe Ramoholi, was today arrested after briefly appearing before Maseru Magistrate Court.

The arrest follows the Court of Appeal Friday judgment which nullified her bail application after she was charged for alleged involvement in the killing of her husband’s second wife, Lipolelo Thabane, in June 2017.

The Court of Appeal revoked Mrs Thabane’s bail which was irregularly awarded by Acting Chief Justice, ‘Maseforo Mahase, in February 2020.

When the police received the ruling on Friday, Mrs Thabane’s whereabouts were not known but reports later said she left the country to South Africa for her husband and former Prime Minister Thomas Thabane’s medical check-up.

Lipolelo Thabane was fatally shot just outside her Ha Masana residence on the eve of her husband’s inauguration for a second stint as the country’s prime minister.

Both the former premier Thabane and ‘Maesiah are linked to Lipolelo’s tragic  murder  as the police say the former premier’s mobile phone was used to make several calls to unnamed suspect who was on the crime scene.

The prosecutor in the case advocate Lepeli Molapo said the accused is no longer on bail now and “should be taken to the Lesotho Correctional Service for remand”.

Magistrate Thamae Thamae echoed the Court of Appeal decision that Thabane’s bail has been set aside and should be remanded in custody.

“Pending the hearing of the bail that was granted by the High Court and having been set aside, the said accused is therefore remanded in custody, she can apply for a new one while in the correctional facility if she wishes to,” Thamae said.

Magistrate Thamae said ‘Maesiah’s bail hearing will be heard on June 16, 2020.

However, Deputy Commissioner Paseka Mokete told Kingdom Digital News that the unexpected disappearance of ‘Maesiah on Friday is likely to threaten her chances of getting bail as police considered her as flight risk.

 

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