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Sept. 1, 2021

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DDP accused of political chicanery

DDP accused of political chicanery

Director of Public Prosecutions, Adv Hlalefang Motinyane

Story highlights

  • The two leaders are seeking a review of the procedure to summarily indict them.
  • KC Teele further slammed the DPP, saying what she did is abuse of process.

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KING’s Counsel Motiea Teele has taken a shot at the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Advocate Hlalefang Motinyane, accusing her of playing political games using her prosecution authority.

KC Teele who represents Mothetjoa Metsing and Selibe Mochoboroane in an application against Adv Motinyane said the latter’s decision to summarily indict his clients in the High Court is politically motivated.
He made these comments on Tuesday when addressing Chief Justice Sakoane Sakoane on the merits of the case.  

He further slammed the DPP, saying what she did is abuse of process.

Provisions of Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act (CP&E), he showed do not provide for a joinder, adding that his clients can therefore not be joined in a pending trial.
He argued that under that law, certain criterion which must be met is not present in the case, adding that the prerequisites of the section are not fulfilled.
The two political leaders are in the application seeking for review and setting aside of the procedure to summarily indict them. They are asking for the procedure to be declared wrong.

 

Metsing is the leader of the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) and former Deputy Prime Minister.

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Mochoboroane is the leader of the Movement for Economic Change (MEC) and Minister of Development Planning.

The two have been unsuccessfully trying to secure immunity from prosecution.
If joined, they will be charged alongside soldiers who are accused of the murder of Police Sub-Inspector Mokheseng Ramahloko at occurred at the police headquarters on August 30, 2014.

They also face treason and attempted murder charges.

 

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