Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane and his present spouse, Maesaiah Thabane, attend his inauguration in 2017. Both are suspects within the homicide of the prime minister’s earlier spouse, Lipolelo, shortly earlier than the inauguration.

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Lesotho Prime Minister Fails To Appear In Court To Face Charges In Wife's Murder 2

Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane and his present spouse, Maesaiah Thabane, attend his inauguration in 2017. Both are suspects within the homicide of the prime minister’s earlier spouse, Lipolelo, shortly earlier than the inauguration.

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A homicide that shocked Lesotho has turn out to be extra stunning nonetheless: Police say Prime Minister Thomas Thabane shall be charged within the killing of his estranged spouse.

But fairly than seem in courtroom as he was alleged to Friday, the 80-year-old chief has gone to South Africa to hunt medical therapy. “He’s not fled the country,” Thabane’s son, Potlako, instructed Reuters. The prime minister’s workplace says he’ll go to courtroom when he returns.

“We shall wait until he becomes available and we shall arrange that he comes here and appears before the court of law and be formally charged,” Deputy Commissioner of Police Paseka Mokete told Al Jazeera.

“We have a very strong case against the prime minister … which we are going to present before the court of law which actually implicates the prime minister to the crime,” Mokete instructed the community.

Mokete instructed The Associated Press that it was untimely to hunt an arrest warrant for the prime minister. Thabane can be the primary African chief to be charged with a home homicide whereas in workplace, according to the BBC.

His present spouse, 42-year-old Maesaiah Thabane, has already been charged within the homicide. She initially fled to South Africa final month earlier than returning to Lesotho to face costs earlier this month. Despite spending almost three weeks on the lam, Maesaiah was granted bail — reportedly about $67.

The prime minister’s earlier spouse, 58-year-old Lipolelo Thabane, was gunned on a dust street whereas driving to her house in a village exterior the capital. A pal, Thato Sibolla, who was touring along with her was additionally shot however survived and fled to South Africa.

The capturing by an unknown assailant occurred simply two days earlier than Thomas Thabane’s second inauguration as prime minister.

He and Lipolelo had been locked in acrimonious divorce proceedings for 5 years. A courtroom dominated that regardless of their separation, Lipolelo was nonetheless legally the nation’s first woman till the divorce was closing. The place comes with advantages including a automobile, driver and bodyguard.

The prime minister married Maesaiah just months later.

Thabane has been underneath strain to resign. On Friday, the federal government posted a statement from Thabane wherein he says he plans to retire on the finish of July, or earlier if preparations are accomplished sooner.

“It is very unfortunate that some have deliberately decided to distort by decision to retire, either motivated by hate or for political gain,” he wrote, asking for residents “not to intentionally misconstrue” his choice to retire.

Thabane has been concerned in his nation’s political scene since 1966, the yr Lesotho declared independence from Britain. He can also be the founder and chief of the All Basotho Convention political celebration, half of the present coalition authorities.

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