Foreign judge secured for Khetheng’s case

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MASERU - High Court judge Justice Keketso Moahloli today announced that a foreign judge has been appointed to preside over the trial in which Police Constable Mokalekale Khetheng was allegedly abducted and killed by fellow police officers. The case was postponed several times both last year and this year, because a foreign judge could not be secured to hear it.

Justice Moahloli told the court that he was earlier informed by Acting Chief Justice ’Maseforo Mahase that the appointment had already been completed and the relevant judge would be available within the next two weeks. He conceded that the accused persons had been incarcerated for a long time without being prosecuted, adding however that there was nothing much he could do about that issue.

“I cannot as a judge who is not responsible for the case, set or arrange dates,” the judge said, postponing the case to November 20. Former Police Commissioner Molahlehi Letsoepa is charged together with LCD deputy leader Tšeliso Mokhosi and four police officers for the murder of Khetheng in March 2016. The police officers include Senior Superintendent Thabo Tšukulu, Senior Inspector Mabitle Matona, Sub Inspector Haleokoe Taasoane and Inspector Mothibeli Mofolo.

Khetheng who was stationed in Mokhotlong disappeared on March 26 2016 after he was earlier that day arrested by Leribe Police in connection with an arson incident that allegedly occurred at the Hlotse Police Station. It is alleged that instead of duly booking him, the Hlotse police handed Khetheng over to their colleagues from Maseru who were in the company of members of the LDF.

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