Former Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane.
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Lesotho’s former prime minister, Thomas Thabane, was charged on Tuesday over the homicide of his estranged spouse in a case that has shocked the southern African highland kingdom.
His present spouse, Maesaiah Thabane, who has additionally been charged over the homicide, sat beside him as the fees towards them have been learn out at a preliminary court docket interview in closed chambers on the High Court of Lesotho.
Maesaiah Thabane, 43, and the previous premier, now 82, have each denied involvement within the killing. Clad in a navy blue pin-striped swimsuit and a light-weight blue shirt, Thomas Thabane sat calmly subsequent to his spouse, who wore a maroon gown and a straw hat, as the fees have been learn out.
Lipolela Thabane was shot lifeless as she sat in her automobile close to her house within the capital, Maseru, days earlier than Thomas Thabane was sworn in as premier in June 2017. They had been going by means of an acrimonious divorce on the time of her dying.
Police allege that Maesaiah employed eight assassins to kill Lipolelo however was not current on the capturing.
Thomas and Maesaiah Thabane, who married two months after the capturing, are additionally charged with the tried homicide of Thato Sibolla who was with Lipolelo Thabane when she was shot, and with malicious injury to property — the sufferer’s automobile.
Thomas Thabane resigned in May 2020 after strain to give up from his All Basotho Convention (ABC) get together, opposition figures and South African mediators.
The case will likely be heard on 8-10 March 2022.