Lesotho former first lady Maesaiah Thabane, arrested in murder case
London, June 3, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Lesotho’s former first lady, Maesaiah Thabane, was arrested on Wednesday over the murder of the previous wife of her husband and former prime minister, Thomas Thabane, police said.
The 43-year-old was charged with murder in February after police quizzed her on the brutal killing of former Prime Minister Thomas Thabane’s wife two days before his inauguration.
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 she wore a fur coat and black protective anti-coronavirus mask, a Reuters witness said.
The date for a new bail application was set as 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 was estranged from Thomas Thabane at the time of the murder.
The case had been causing growing political instability in the independent mountain kingdom of 2 million people encircled by South Africa before Thomas Thabane resigned as prime minister last month.
Lipolelo and Thomas Thabane, now 81, had been embroiled in bitter divorce proceedings when the 58-year-old was killed.
The former premier agreed to step down in January after police linked his mobile number to communication records from the crime scene.
He resigned officially this month, bowing to pressure from his rivals who accused him of hampering investigations into Lipolelo’s death.
Thabane has denied any involvement in the murder. He is also a suspect in the murder. He denies any involvement and has yet to be formally charged.
His wife initially went into hiding after police first called her in to testify in January.
She has not yet been asked to respond to the charges