SENIOR Counsel Shaun Abrahams, who spearheaded the prosecution of some of the high profile cases against soldiers and police officers in the High Court, has withdrawn from all the cases.
Sept. 6, 2021
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Abrahams withdraws as lead prosecutor
Lead prosecutor, SC Shaun Abrahams
- Says he made decision in good faith
- But DPP wants Abrahams back on her team
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Addressing Justice Charles Hung we on the matter on Monday, SC Abrahams said he communicated his intention to withdraw from the cases with the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Advocate Hlalefang Motinyane a long time ago.
He said his decision was made in good faith and for professional reasons, adding that he deliberated over it for a long time, mindful of his ethical obligations as well as the administration of justice, which he holds dearly.
For her part, Adv Motinyane confirmed that she had prior deliberations with Abrahams relating to his withdrawal.
She informed the court that she intends to resolve the issue so that the matters could proceed with Abrahams as the lead prosecutor again.
She was hopeful that it will not come to a point where the prosecution will have to proceed without Abrahams with whom they come a long way.
“We hope that by the end of this week there will be a solution to the matter,” she said, promising to give the court feedback and the way forward next week.
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The cases that Abrahams prosecuted included the one in which members of the Lesotho Defense Force (LDF) are charged with the murder of the former army boss, Lieutenant General Maaparankoe Mahao and the one in which some soldiers are charged with multiple counts of attempted murder which resulted from the 2014 bombings.
He also prosecuted a matter in which four police officers are charged with the murder of their colleague, Police Constable Mokalekale Khetheng, which was scheduled to proceed throughout this week. LeNA