Letsoepa Mokhosi murder charges withdrawn

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Itumeleng Koleile

Lesotho Congress for Democracy’s deputy leader Tšeliso Mokhosi and former commissioner of Police Molahlehi Letsoepa’s murder charges were yesterday withdrawn.

Mokhosi and Letsoepa were charged for the sensational disappearance and murder of Police Constable Mokalekale Khetheng.

Khetheng’s murder trial is set to be heard by Zimbabwean judge, Justice Charles Hungwe.

When withdrawn from the list of accused persons before Hungwe, the two accused were withdrawn on account that Mokhosi is a senior politician and such the case would tarnish his name in the political arena while Letsoepa was said to have not been able to account for anything as it has been three years since the trial commenced respectively.

Mokhosi and Letsoepa were named as the fifth and sixth accused in the murder of Khetheng respectively.

Mabitle Marina, Thabo Tšukulu, Haleokoe Taasoane and Mothibeli Mofolo remain in custody and will soon be on trial for their role in the murder of Khetheng.

The four accused are represented by advocate Letuka Molati and advocate Mafaesa. Mokhosi was represented by attorney Qhalehang Letsika while the prosecutor on the case is advocate Lesaoana Mohale. The trial is set to continue on Wednesday June 8.

Mokhosi together with his five co-accused were accused of the murder of Khetheng at Ha-Mokhalinyane, Maseru on March 26 in 2016.

At the time of Khetheng’s murder, Mokhosi was minister of Defence and National Security while Letsoepa was the commissioner of police.

In an attempt to conceal his identity, Khetheng was given a pauper’s burial, with his remains discovered and exhumed at Lepereng cemetery where he was buried among unclaimed corpses.

Upon exhumation, he was given a formal police burial and his remains were then repatriated to be buried at his home in Seballa, Mokhotlong.

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