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Dec. 7, 2021

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Mochoboroane charged alongside accused soldiers

Mochoboroane charged alongside accused soldiers

Minister of Development Planning, Selibe Mochoboroane

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  • Metsing becomes a fugitive after court issued warrant of his arrest
  • Judge rules that charges against the two political leaders stand

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SELIBE Mochoboroane, the Minister of Development Planning was on Monday joined in a case against five soldiers who are accused of among others, treason and the 2014 murder of Police Sub Inspector Mokheseng Ramahloko.

The leader of the Movement for Economic Change (MEC) was expected to appear before Chief Justice Sakoane Sakoane alongside his co-accused Mothetjoa Metsing, who has since disappeared.

But Mochoboroane came to court alone after the elusive Metsing failed to turn up.

Metsing who is leader of the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) and former Deputy Prime Minister is now a fugitive after the High Court on Monday issued a warrant of his arrest.

His lawyer, King’s Counsel (KC) Motiea Teele told the court that he had no idea where his client was, adding that he last communicated with him on Sunday night.

KC Teele said he was therefore leaving matters in the court’s hands, confirming that Metsing was fully aware of Monday’s court appearance.  
Mochoboroane came to court after an application he and Metsing had earlier filed was dismissed in which they were challenging the decision of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) to summarily indict them.

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The court had in the judgment ruled that the reasons for challenging the decision do not pass legal muster. It had also concluded that the decision to join them for summary trial in the criminal case against the five accused soldiers stands.
A charge sheet detailing 10 charges against Mochoboroane together with former army boss, Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli and Captain Litekanyo Nyakane, Lance Corporals Motloheloa Ntsane and Leutsoa Motsieloa was read in court on Monday.
The accused face a battery of charges including treason, murder, attempted murder and aggravated assault which allegedly occurred sometime in August 2014 in Maseru. LeNA/Metro

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