Maesaiah Thabane: ex-wife of Lesotho PM again arrested for killing her husband’s ex-wife

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Thabane will remain in custody until June 16, after her bail was lifted on charges of not following due process during her first court appearance in February when she was accused of murder, she told CNN on police commissioner Holomo Molibeli.

Molibeli said the former first lady went back to bars for technicality because the prosecution was not allowed to argue against his bail during the hearing.

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

CNN has repeatedly attempted to reach Maesaiah Thabane’s attorney but has not yet received a response. Neither she nor her husband, former Prime Minister Thomas Thabane, spoke publicly about the allegations.

Molibeli said that after her arrest, she would appear again in court where due process would be followed.

He didn’t say when it would happen.

“He is in prison while we speak,” said Molibeli.

Lipolelo Thabane was killed two days before her ex-husband was inaugurated for a second term as prime minister.

Maesaiah Thabane was accused of ordering the killing of Lipolelo Thabane, shot dead near his home in the capital of Lesotho, Maseru, in June 2017.

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

Police questioned Thomas Thabane about the case and pushed to accuse him, but his lawyers said it could not be prosecuted, citing constitutional immunity. He was not charged in the case.
The murder case shocked the tiny southern African nation and led to Thabane’s sudden withdrawal in May, after months of pressure from his political party to step down from his alleged involvement, according to police.
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