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‘Kamoli cases investigations complete’

Tefo Tefo

THE much anticipated murder and attempted murder trials of former army commander, Lieutenant-General Tlali Kamoli and other soldiers are set to begin soon begin after the prosecution on Friday informed the Magistrate’s Court that investigations were now complete.

Lt-Gen Kamoli and three Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) members are charged with murdering Sub-Inspector Ramahloko during the 30 August 2014 attempted coup against the first government of Prime Minister Thomas Thabane.

The three LDF members are Captain Litekanyo Nyakane (38), Lance Corporal Motloheloa Ntsane (34) and Lance Corporal Leutsoa Motsieloa (31) and awaiting trial at the Maseru Maximum Security Prison.

Lt-Gen Kamoli separately faces 14 counts of attempted murder over the 27 January 2014 simultaneous bombings of the Moshoeshoe II homes of First Lady Maesiah Thabane, ‘Mamoshoeshoe Moletsane and the Ha Abia residence of former police commissioner Khothatso Tšooana.

The prosecution revealed on Friday during Lt-Gen Kamoli and the trio’s appearance before Magistrate Peete Molapo on remand that the Sub-Inspector Ramahloko murder case and that of the 2014 bombing incidents would be transferred to the High Court as investigations were now complete.

Magistrate Molapo subsequently ordered Lt-Gen Kamoli and his co-accused to appear again on remand on 22 December 2017 for their case to be transferred to the High Court.

During the same remand hearing on Friday, Magistrate Molapo also ordered prison authorities to release detained army officers to enable them to attend Court-Martial proceedings whenever they are required to do so.

Magistrate Peete Molapo made the ruling after the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) applied for an order directing the prison authorities to release soldiers detained at the Maseru Maximum Security Prison to be released whenever they are required to appear before the military court.

The LDF sought the order to facilitate the release of three soldiers, namely, Major Pitso Ramoepane, Captain Boiketsiso Fonane and Captain Nyakane.

This was after the prison authorities had refused to release the trio in the absence of an order to enable them to appear before the Court Martial on Friday to face charges of mutiny in relation to the 5 September assassination of army commander, Lt-Gen Khoantle Motšomotšo by his subordinates who included Brigadier Bulane Sechele and Colonel Tefo Hashatsi.

Brigadier Sechele and Colonel Hashatsi were subsequently killed in a shootout that followed Lt-Gen Motšomotšo’s assassination at Ratjomose Barracks.

Major Ramoepane and Captain Fonane are also facing charges in the civilian courts for allegedly murdering Lt-Gen Motšomotšo.

Major Ramoepane faces an additional 14 counts of attempted murder in the civilian courts alongside Lt-Gen Tlali Kamoli in relation to the 27 January 2014 simultaneous bombings of the Moshoeshoe II homes of First Lady Maesiah Thabane, ‘Mamoshoeshoe Moletsane and the Ha Abia residence of former police commissioner Khothatso Tšooana.

Captain Nyakane is also facing a murder charge in connection with the killing of Sub-Inspector Ramahloko.

The three soldiers are currently detained at the Maseru Maximum Security awaiting trial before the civilian courts.

The prison authorities refused to release them on Friday to attend their Court Martial because there had not been any order issued for their release.

It was only then that the LDF petitioned Magistrate Molapo who made the order on Friday.

Their Court-Martial is now expected to start tomorrow.

 

 

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