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Treason trial against Mochoboroane and Metsing delayed again


Maseru, Apr.07– The High Court has on Wednesday postponed a case involving treason and other charges to April 26 2021 for hearing of arguments.

The postponement came after the Court was informed that apart from an application filed by Selibe Mochoboroane and Mothetjoa Metsing, other accused in the matter have also filed interlocutory applications. It was requested that the case be postponed so that the applications could be consolidated and heard holistically.

Metsing now leader of the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) and also former Deputy Prime Minister together with Selibe Mochoboroane current leader of Movement for Economic Change (MEC) and Minister of Development Planning are in their application seeking for stay of proceedings in the trial pending the outcome of the appeals dealing with their request for immunity from prosecution.

Metsing and Mochoboroane had previously approached the Constitutional Court seeking for immunity against prosecution based on Clause 10, but their application was not successful as the Concourt declared the Clause 10 unconstitutional. They further requested for review of the powers of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to act in terms of Section 144 of Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act.

Following amendment of a charge sheet, the duo is co-accused to former army commander Tlali Kamoli, Captain Litekanyo Nyakane, Lance Corporals Motloheloa Ntsane and Leutsoa Motsieloa.

They are among others accused of killing Sub-Inspector Mokheseng Ramahloko of the Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS) during an incident that happened at the Police headquarters on August 30, 2014.


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