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MURDER ACCUSED ‘MAESAIAH REMANDED IN CUSTODY

By Staff Writers

Maseru, June 3 (The Night’s Watch) – Former Prime Minister Thomas Thabane’s third wife, ‘Maesaiah Thabane, has been remanded in custody by the Maseru Magistrate Court pending hearing of her bail application on June 16.

‘Maesaiah was charged with the much-publicised murder of Thabane’s second wife, Lipolelo Thabane, in February and released on bail by the High Court, but the Appeal Court last week revoked her bail.

Lipolelo was shot dead on June 14, 2017, at Ha Masana in Maseru while traveling in a vehicle with a female companion, Thato Sibolla, who sustained serious injuries.

‘Maesaiah was also charged with attempting to murder Sibolla.

Lipolelo’s assassination occurred two days before Thabane’s inauguration as Prime Minister. The couple was involved in bitter divorce proceedings when Lipolelo was gunned down.

A few months after the murder in 2017, Thabane married his long-term partner ‘Maesaiah nee, Liabiloe Ramoholi in a lavish ceremony attended by thousands in the Setsoto Stadium.

The killing had originally been blamed on unknown criminals. Lesotho has one of the highest murder rates in the world.

Evidence surfaced in January this year, when the Commissioner of Police Holomo Molibeli revealed in court papers revealed that evidence linked Thabane to the assailants who killed Lipolelo.

Molibeli said phone records showed ties between Thabane and the gunmen.

‘Maesaiah was then summoned by police for question but she brazenly refused to present herself to police as requested without giving reasons, prompting the issuing of an arrest warrant.

But when police invaded the state house to arrest her, she was nowhere to be found. She had vanished into thin air.

She later handed herself over to the police.

Murder charges were also raised against Thabane in February but were deferred after his lawyer argued that he could not be charged while he was still in office, and the case was sent to the constitutional court.

Both have denied any wrong doing.

Thabane resigned last month. NW

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