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Maesaiah Thabane: Re-arrest of the ex-wife of the Prime Minister of Lesotho on charges of killing the ex-husband’s wife

Police Commissioner Holomo Molybele told CNN that Thabane would remain in detention until June 16, after her bail was revoked on bail over allegations of failure to follow due process while appearing in court in February when she was charged with murder.

Molibili said that the former first lady returned behind bars for technical reasons because the prosecution was not allowed to present arguments opposing the surety during the hearing.

The Commissioner said that the bail amount of 1,000 Maltese ($ 58) was also paid long after her release and not when she was released in February.

CNN made repeated attempts to reach the lawyer Maesaiah Thabane but she did not hear. Neither she nor her husband, former Prime Minister Thomas Taban, have spoken publicly about these allegations.

After her re-arrest, Molibili said that she would appear again in court where due process will be followed.

He did not say when that would happen.

“She is in prison and we are talking,” Molibili said.

Libelilo Taban was shot dead two days before her separated husband was installed for a second term as prime minister.

Maesaiah Thabane was charged with ordering the murder of Lipolelo Thabane, who was shot dead near her home in the capital of Lesotho, Maseru, in June 2017.

The former first lady fled the country in January despite a police note of her arrest, but surrendered to the police in February after spending weeks in South Africa.

Police questioned Thomas Taban over the case and pressured him to accuse him, but his lawyer said he could not be tried, on the pretext of constitutional immunity. He was not charged in the case.
The murder case shook the small South African country and led to Thaban’s sudden retirement in May after months of pressure from his political party to resign over his alleged involvement, police said.

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