Lesotho police on Tuesday charged first woman Maesaiah Thabane with homicide for her alleged hyperlinks to the brutal 2017 killing of the prime minister’s earlier spouse.
Maesaiah Thabane, 42, will spend the night time in custody after she got here out of hiding and turned herself into the police earlier on Tuesday.
“She has been charged with murder alongside eight others who are in Lesotho and South Africa,” deputy police commissioner Paseka Mokete informed reporters, including that investigations had been “satisfactorily completed”.
He mentioned police had a “strong case” towards the primary woman, who was unable to look in court docket on Tuesday as a result of logistical causes.
The eight different accused will even be summoned by the police.
Maesaiah Thabane went lacking final month after being summoned as a part of an investigation into the killing of Lipolelo Thabane — Prime Minister Thomas Thabane’s estranged spouse.
The couple was concerned in bitter divorce proceedings when she was gunned down exterior her house in Lesotho’s capital Maseru in June 2017, two days earlier than her husband’s inauguration.
New proof surfaced in early January when a letter from Lesotho’s police chief was made public alleging that communication data from the day of the crime picked up the prime minister’s cell quantity.
Thomas Thabane, who is now 80, has since bowed to stress and supplied to resign at a date not but disclosed. He has additionally been questioned by the police over the killing.
But his present spouse vanished when the police known as her in to testify final month, prompting the issuing of an arrest warrant.
The prime minister’s press attache didn’t instantly reply to requests for touch upon the homicide cost.
The homicide of 58-year-old Lipolelo Thabane despatched shock waves by way of the tiny mountain kingdom, which is ringed by South Africa and has a protracted historical past of political turmoil.
Senior members of the ruling All Basotho Convention (ABC) celebration have accused the prime minister of hampering investigations into the killing.
Thabane final month mentioned he would go away workplace on the grounds of previous age however gave no timeframe for his departure.
Hundreds of opposition supporters marched by way of the streets of Maseru on the day the prime minister was quizzed by police, demanding he step down with quick impact.
Maesaiah Thabane was picked up on the border with South Africa following an association between her lawyer and the police.