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Unavailable records disrupt Kamoli trial

SC Shaun Abrahams

Nov. 24, 2020 2 min read

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THE trial in which former army commander Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli faces several charges including murder and attempted murder failed to take off on Tuesday as part of the evidence requested was not yet available.

Kamoli who is charged along with other soldiers is among others accused of the murder of his successor Lt Gen Maaparankoe Mahao who was gunned down execution style on June 25, 2015 on his way from his home village Mokema, on the outskirts of Maseru.

After Mahao’s execution, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) set up a commission of inquiry to look into circumstances surrounding the murder.

As part of evidence, the defence in the matter requested a transcribed record of proceedings of the commission that was spearheaded by Justice Mphaphi Phumaphi of Botswana.

Senior Counsel Shaun Abrahams of South Africa who represents the Crown told the court on Tuesday that arrangements were currently underway to secure the requested records from the SADC Secretariat in Botswana.

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Former army boss Lt Gen Tlali Kamoli

Kamoli is charged together with Motsamai Fako, Motšoane Machae, Tšitso Ramoholi, Litekanyo Nyakane, Haleo Makara, Lekhooa Moepi, Marasi 'Moleli and Mohlalefi Seitlheko.

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

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