Lesotho Court revokes Maesaiah Thabane’s bail

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The wife of Lesotho’s Prime Minister Maesaiah Thabane

Lesotho’s Court of Appeal has revoked the bail granted in February to Maesaiah Thabane, the wife of Thomas Thabane who resigned as prime minister last week.

“As soon as we get the written judgement… we will arrest her,” deputy police commissioner Paseka Mokete said.

She has been charged with ordering the murder of Mr Thabane’s previous wife, Lipolelo Thabane, in 2017.

At the time, Lipolelo was going through a bitter divorce with Mr Thabane.

He and his new wife have denied any involvement in her killing.

The court set aside the bail, with a panel of three judges citing in court papers the unusual speed of the decision among the reasons for the ruling, as well as the lack of consideration of the likelihood of witness interference.

The court said it could not order police to re-arrest Maesaiah Thabane but ordered that the bail ruling be remitted to the High Court to be heard by a different judge.

The case has caused political turmoil in the small mountain kingdom over the last year – and Mr Thabane relinquished office after mounting political pressure.