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’Maesaiah’s bail hearing postponed

Former First Lady 'Maesaiah Thabane

June 10, 2020 1 min read

MASERU - The High Court on Wednesday postponed the bail application of the wife of former Prime Minister Motsoahae Thabane who faces murder and attempted murder charges.

The hearing, which continues before Justice Thamsanqa Nomqcongo has been deferred to June 16 to give other procedural issues to be encompassed in the case.

’Maesaiah Thabane who is being detained at the Maseru Female Prison did not make an appearance before court this week - only her legal representative did.

’Maesaiah is accused of the murder of Thabane’s estranged wife Lipolelo who was gunned down outside her Ha ’Masana residence on the outskirts of Maseru in June 2017, two days before Thabane’s inauguration.

Former Prime Minister Motsoahae Thabane

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Thabane also stands to be charged with the same murder after he dodged formal charge as his lawyers argued that a sitting head of government cannot stand charged in court.

Police have since shown that they have a strong case against the Thabane’s and were against the granting of bail to ’Maesaiah.

’Maesaiah was earlier this year released on bail under dubious circumstances by the Acting Chief Justice ’Maseforo Mahase, a decision which was later turned down by the Appeal Court.

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