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Nov. 30, 2021

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Thabane, ’Maesaiah to finally stand trial next year

Thabane, ’Maesaiah to finally stand trial next year

Former Prime Minister Motsoahae Thabane and his wife 'Maesaiah

Story highlights

  • Former First Couple on Tuesday made a brief appearance in the High Court where a pre-trial conference was held
  • Famous famo musician, Rethabile ‘Chakela’ Mokete who was charged along with the Thabanes has since died

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FORMER Prime Minister Motsoahae Thabane who is accused of the murder of his estranged wife Lipolelo will finally stand trial when Justice Molefi Makara hears his case in the High Court on March 10, next year.

Thabane is charged along with his current wife, ’Maesaiah together with Rethabile ‘Chakela’ Mokete, Seabata Lieta, Macheli Koeshe and Molefi ‘Matima’ Mokatja.

Chakela, a famous famo musician and leader of the notorious famo gang, Terene has since died from COVID-19 complications.

Lipolelo was gunned down at her Ha Masana residence on the outskirts of Maseru on the night of June 14, 2017, just a few days before her husband’s inauguration.

The accused also face attempted murder charges of Lipolelo’s friend, Thato Sibolla who was travelling with her on the fateful night.

Sibolla who has since turned state witness sustained serious gunshot wounds during the attack.

The accused are further alleged to have damaged Lipolelo’s vehicle by peppering it with bullets during the incident.

The Thabanes on Tuesday this week made a brief appearance in the High Court where a pre-trial conference was held by Assistant Registrar of the High Court, Advocate Tebello Mokhoema in respect of their long awaited case.

The interview was conducted in the presence of the media, legal representatives of the accused and the accused’s families.  

A charge sheet prepared by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) was read during the interview before their personal details were taken.

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When Thabane was initially charged, the Maseru Magistrate’s Court asked the Constitutional Court whether or not it was appropriate for a sitting prime minister to be criminally charged.

This, after the defence had moved an application for the referral as the prosecution was not yet ready to remand the suspect who was still in office.  

’Maesaiah was first remanded in the Maseru Magistrate’s Court on February 5, 2020 and was released on bail later that by the High Court. LeNA/Metro

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