Lesotho former first lady Maesaiah Thabane arrested in murder case

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LESOTHO’S former first lady, Maesaiah Thabane, was arrested on Wednesday in relation to the murder of the previous wife of her husband and former prime minister, Thomas Thabane, police said.

Lesotho’s appeal court revoked her bail last week on suspicion that procedure was not followed correctly when her bail was granted.

Thabane was transferred to court, where the date for a new bail application was set for June 6.

Maesaiah Thabane has been charged with ordering the killing of Lipolelo Thabane, her love rival, who was shot dead near her home in Lesotho’s capital, Maseru, in June 2017. Maesaiah Thabane was released on bail in February.

Lipolelo Thabane was estranged from Thomas Thabane at the time of the murder.

The case had been causing growing political instability in Lesotho before Thomas Thabane resigned as prime minister in May.

He is also a suspect in the murder. He denies any involvement and has yet to be formally charged.

 

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