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Mahao murder trial rescheduled

Former army chief Lt Gen Tlali Kamoli

June 7, 2021 2 min read

2 min read

THE trial in which nine soldiers including ex-army chief Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli are accused of the murder of former LDF Commander Lt Gen Maaparankoe Mahao has been postponed to June 16.

The High Court rescheduled the matter on Friday.

This after one of the defence lawyers, King’s Counsel Zwelakhe Mda withdrew from the case last week and his replacement, Advocate Napo Mafaesa asked for time to consult his new clients.

When the trial resumes next week, the Crown represented by Senior Counsel Shaun Abrahams from South Africa, is expected to continue leading its evidence.

The other accused include Motsamai Fako, Motšoane Machae, Tšitso Ramoholi, Litekanyo Nyakane, Haleo Makara, Lekhooa Moepi, Marasi ’Moleli and Mohlalefi Seitlheko.

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

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Most of these crimes allegedly occurred in Ha Lekete on the outskirts of Maseru and at the Ratjomose army headquarters in Maseru on June 25, 2015 the day Mahao was killed execution style.

The case continues before Justice Charles Hungwe.

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