Colonel begs court for tor­ture to stop

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Le­sotho De­fence Force (LDF) Di­rec­tor of Le­gal ser­vices, Colonel Naha Kolisang, on Mon­day pleaded with the high Court to or­der his army ab­duc­tors to stop as­sault­ing him.

Col Kolisang was re­spond­ing to a ques­tion by pre­sid­ing judge, Jus­tice te­boho Moiloa, who had asked how he was be­ing treated since his ar­rest by LDF per­son­nel on tues­day last week.

“I live only be­cause I’m alive; oth­er­wise I am not well at all.

“I have been un­der ar­rest and de­ten­tion by my col­leagues in the Le­sotho De­fence Force since tues­day last week.

“My hands are swollen be­cause I have been hand­cuffed ever since. I have been in de­ten­tion hand­cuffed and my legs shack­led.

“I am sleep­ing still hand­cuffed, and also eat still hand­cuffed. My right hand seems to be more swol- len than the left hand as a re­sult of be­ing hand­cuffed day and night,” Col Kolisang said.

his feet, the Colonel fur­ther told the judge, were numb “be­cause I have been walk­ing with­out shoes since my ar­rest and de­ten­tion.”

Briefly nar­rat­ing some in­ci­dents of his or­deal, Colonel Kolisang told the hushed but packed court­room: “I was left in the cold fas­tened to a pole with my clothes wet.

“I was wet be­cause they poured some wa­ter on me.

“I spent about four hours still fas­tened to the pole while they kept on pour­ing some wa­ter on me ev­ery 30 min­utes. I asked to see a med­i­cal doc­tor but they would not al­low me.

“I wanted to see the doc­tor be­cause I was not feel­ing well. I was suf­fo­cated with a tube, while my hands were fas­tened at the back.

“I never got a chance to see any of my rel­a­tives. I first saw my wife here at court since my ar­rest.”

Colonel Kolisang fur­ther told the court that the sol­diers who tor­tured him were say­ing “re­veal all the in­for­ma­tion but I did not know what in­for­ma­tion they were re­fer­ring to.”

the Colonel then told Jus­tice Moiloa: “I have a spe­cial plea to make — may I please be un­fas­tened when I am in de­ten­tion and may the tor­ture also stop on me.

“oth­er­wise, I am ready to an­swer any charges pre­ferred on me.”

In his rul­ing, Jus­tice Moiloa said the tor­ture should stop forth­with.

“the re­spon­dents are pro­hib­ited from as­sault­ing Colonel Kolisang, and or­dered to per­mit Colonel Kolisang ac­cess to his med­i­cal doc­tor for pri­vate con­sul­ta­tion within the eye­sight of the re­spon­dents’ of­fi­cers, but with­out earshot of the re­spon­dents’ of­fi­cers.

“the re­spon­dents should also af­ford Colonel Kolisang ac­cess to his le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tives within the eye­sight of the re­spon­dents’ of­fi­cers, but with­out the earshot of the re­spon­dents’ of­fi­cers,” he or­dered.

the re­spon­dents in­clude the Com­man­der of the LDF and the Di­rec­tor of the LDF’S Mil­i­tary In­tel­li­gence (MI) unit.

the judge fur­ther or­dered that Colonel Kolisang be al­lowed to meet his close rel­a­tive while still in de­ten­tion.

Mean­while, the main ap­pli­ca­tion in which Colonel Kolisang’s wife, Mrs ‘Ma­pa­ballo Kolisang, seeks a court or­der di­rect­ing the re­lease of her hus­band from de­ten­tion is ex­pected to be heard on Fri­day next week.

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