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#SeverityWithOutSympathy: Behold Lesotho ex-PM Thomas Thabane charged with murdering wife

Mr Thabane appeared at his 2017 inauguration with his current wife Maesaiah, two days after the killing of his estranged wife

Mr Thabane appeared at his 2017 inauguration with his current wife Maesaiah, two days after the killing of his estranged wife

Thomas Thabane, Lesotho’s one-time Prime Minister has been charged with the 2017 murder of his alienated wife Lipolelo Thabane.

His present wife, Maesaiah, was charged with the same crime last year.

She was living with Mr Thabane during the time of the killing and they are accused of hiring hitmen to do the evil job. They have both denied allegation of any involvement.

Mr Thabane stepped down in May 2020 due to months of intense pressure after he was named as a suspect.

The case has shocked many and caused political ructions in the small landlocked kingdom which is entirely surrounded by South Africa.

Maesaiah Thabane accompanied the 82-year-old former prime minister to court. She was charged last year and then released on bail.

The charges were read out in the boardroom of the High Court in the capital, Maseru, rather than in the main court room, which is normal practice, the AFP news agency reports.

Gunmen shot and killed Lipolelo Thabane on 14 June 2017 – two days before Mr Thabane was sworn in as prime minister.

At the same time she was traveling she was attack by surprise returning home, she was  shot several times at close range and died on the side of a dirt road. She was 58.

At the time, Lipolelo was going through a bitter legal dissolution of a marriage with Mr Thabane and had been living apart from her husband since 2012.

He had moved in with Maesaiah some time between 2012 and 2017. They married two months after Lipolelo’s death.

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