Colonel begs court for torture to stop
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.