Former Lesotho first lady re-arrested for killing of her husband's ex-wife

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Updated: Jun 04, 2020, 09:28 AM(IST)

Former Lesotho first lady Maesaiah Thabane Photograph:( Reuters )

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Maesaiah Thabane was charged with ordering the killing of Lipolelo Thabane, who was shot dead near her home in Lesotho's capital, Maseru, in June 2017.

Former Lesotho first lady Maesaiah Thabane has been re-arrested on charges of murder of her husband's ex-wife.

Maesaiah Thabane was charged with ordering the killing of Lipolelo Thabane, who was shot dead near her home in Lesotho's capital, Maseru, in June 2017.

Thabane will remain in custody until June 16. Her bail was revoked on allegations that due process was not followed during her first court appearance in February when she was charged with murder.

To be precise, the prosecution was not allowed to make arguments opposing her bail during the hearing.

The bail amount of 1,000 maloti ($58) was also paid long after she was released and not upon her release in February.

Following her re-arrest, the former first lady is slated to appear again in court where due process would be followed.

The former first lady fled the country in January despite a police warrant for her arrest, but she turned herself in to police in February after spending weeks in South Africa.

Thomas Thabane has not been charged in the case. The murder case, however, had led to Thabane's sudden retirement in May after months of pressure from his political party to resign over his alleged involvement.

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