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Dec. 14, 2021

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Metsing, Mochoboroane treason case to proceed next year

Metsing, Mochoboroane treason case to proceed next year

LCD leader Mothetjoa Metsing and his MEC counterpart Selibe Mochoboroane

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  • LCD leader still remains at large after he failed to show in court
  • Charges have already been read to the accused and they are yet to plead

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THE treason trial against two prominent politicians and five soldiers including the former army boss was on Monday set to continue from January 10 – 20, 2022 for hearing in the High Court.

Chief Justice Sakoane who is presiding over the case said it in the interest of the accused that there are no further delays in the proceedings, adding that the case should continue hastily.

The two accused politicians are former Deputy Prime Minister and leader of Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD), Mothetjoa Metsing and the Minister of Development Planning who is also leader of Movement for Economic Change (MEC), Selibe Mochoboroane.

Metsing who became a fugitive after he failed to show up in court last week still remains at large.

He could therefore not be joined in the trial like his co-accused Mochoboroane was, after he appeared in court alone.

The two politicians are charged together with former Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) Commander, Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli along with Captain Litekanyo Nyakane, Lance Corporals Motloheloa Ntsane and Leutsoa Motsieloa.
Chief Justice Sakoane on Monday ordered the prosecution to provide the defence with the further particulars it had requested on or before January 7.

This, after the court was informed that King’s Counsel (KC) Motiea Teele, who represents Metsing and some of the accused soldiers, had previously requested further particulars, which he was however not provided with.

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The judge also ordered the prosecution to categorise its witnesses, in order to show as to which ones will be fact witnesses and which will be expert witnesses.

He said that will help make the case manageable, adding that it will also be for the benefit of the defence team because it will know the direction the case is taking.

The charges the accused face include murder, attempted murder, risk to injury or death and aggravated assault. Charges have already been read to the accused and they are yet to plead. Metro/LeNA

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