THE nine soldiers who are charged with the murder of former army commander, Lieutenant General (Lt Gen) Maaparankoe Mahao have to wait four more weeks before their case could be heard again.
Sept. 28, 2021
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Accused soldiers in quarantine
Former army chief, Lt Gen Tlali Kamoli
- Lead prosecutor SC Shaun Abrahams re-engaged
- Some of accused tested positive for Covid-19
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This is because some of them are currently in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19 earlier last week.
Justice Charles Hungwe on Monday postponed the trial to November 12 in order to give the accused time to recuperate.
The accused are former Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) chief, Lt Gen Tlali Kamoli along with subordinate officers including Motsamai Fako, Motšoane Machae, Tšitso Ramoholi, Litekanyo Nyakane, Haleo Makara, Lekhooa Moepi, Marasi 'Moleli and Mohlalefi Seitlheko.
They face 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 in Ha Lekete and Ha Ratjomose in Maseru on June 25, 2015, the day on which Mahao was allegedly executed.
Earlier, the case had been rescheduled to last week because the lead prosecutor, Senior Counsel Shaun Abrahams was not around to proceed with the prosecution.
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The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Advocate Hlalefang Motinyane had told the High Court that SC Abrahams who had previously withdrawn from the matter had been re-engaged.
But due to unforeseen circumstances and bureaucratic issues, Abrahams could not make it to court last week, she said.
Abrahams is a South African lawyer and the former National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) at the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).
Prior to his appointment in 2015 when SC Mxolisi Nxasana stepped down as NDPP, Abrahams had been a senior state advocate in the Priority Crimes Litigation Unit. LeNA/Metro