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LDF Commander’s Murder  Accused to Appear in Court

LDF Commander’s Murder Accused to Appear in Court

Some of the members of the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) who are accused of among others, the murder of former LDF Commander Maaparankoe Mahao are expected to appear before court on November 24 2020 when the case is due for mention.

The case has been put on hold as some of the accused: Motsamai Fako, Motshoane Machae and Tsítso Ramoholi had filed an appeal at the Court of Appeal seeking for leave to appeal a decision of the High Court in which their application to have presiding judge Charles Hungwe recuse himself as well as that of leave to appeal were dismissed.

The High Court was today informed by the prosecution that the appeal has been dismissed by the Court of Appeal, but still, the case cannot proceed as there is another case pending before the Constitutional Court in which the current trial is involved.

The Court was further informed that, although not yet heard as parties are still preparing papers for filing, the said constitutional application is expected to be finalised early December. It was added that a panel of judges has already been appointed to hear the matter.The prosecution suggested that the case be postponed to an earlier date in order to keep the case alive.

Other accused in the matter are former LDF Commander Tlali Kamoli, Litekanyo Nyakane, Haleo Makara, Lekhooa Moepi, Marasi ‘Moleli and Mohlalefi Seitlheko.

They are facing multiple charges comprising attempted murder, theft, obstruction of justice, damage to property, aggravated assault and risk of injury or death.

Most of these crimes allegedly occurred at Ha Lekete or Ha Ratjomose in Maseru on June 25, 2015 the day in which Mahao met his death.

Source: LENA

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