De­tained soldier com­plains of pain in gen­i­tals

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Another mem­ber of the Le­sotho De­fence Force (LDF) Cor­po­ral Khosi Leuta on tues­day told the high Court that he was feel­ing “un­bear­able pain” in his gen­i­tals af­ter be­ing tor­tured dur­ing his de­ten­tion by his col­leagues.

Cor­po­ral Leuta is one of sev­eral sol­diers ar­rested and de­tained by the LDF since last month on sus­pi­cion they were part of a plot to rebel against the army com­mand.

he was ar­rested on 31 May this year and has since been kept at the Maseru Max­i­mum Se­cu­rity Prison.

the cor­po­ral was brought to court on tues­day af­ter his wife, thato Leuta, had filed an ap­pli­ca­tion seek­ing an or­der di­rect­ing LDF au­thor­i­ties to do so. Ms Leuta had wanted the court to ver­ify his wel­fare fol­low­ing the de­ten­tion.

Among other health prob­lems Cor­po­ral Leuta said he now has, is se­vere pain in his gen­i­tals, which he told the court was the re­sult of tor­ture by his LDF im­pris­on­ers.

“I have se­vere pain in my gen­i­tals; I can­not even re­lieve my­self prop­erly,” he said.

the vis­i­bly ill Cor­po­ral Leuta told Jus­tice Sakoane Sakoane that he now also had an “end­less headache”, and that his feet and hands were numb as a re­sult of the tor­ture. the cor­po­ral then dis­played his swollen hands and scars on the wrists, as “ev­i­dence” of the tor­ture.

he fur­ther told the court that he had se­vere pain on the chest and ribs.

In his rul­ing, Jus­tice Sakoane or­dered the re­spon­dents to al­low Cor­po­ral Leuta ac­cess to a med­i­cal doc­tor of his choice and vis­its from his close rel­a­tives on work­ing days be­tween 10am and 3pm for a pe­riod not ex­ceed­ing one-and-a-half hours.

how­ever, the judge said he was con­cerned that the rel­a­tives had to seek court or­ders to see their de­tained loved ones.

“I don’t see why ap­pli­ca­tions of this na­ture are brought be­fore court yet the Le­sotho De­fence Force De­ten­tion and Im­pris­on­ment reg­u­la­tions of 2000 are fully elab­o­rate on these is­sues.

“At least we should re­ceive ap­pli­ca­tions that they failed to com­ply with these pro­vi­sions of the law.

“now peo­ple are made to en­gage in lit­i­ga­tion un­nec­es­sar­ily sim­ply be­cause mem­bers of the LDF fail to com­ply with their own reg­u­la­tions,” he said.

the judge also or­dered that Cor­po­ral Leuta be pro­vided with suf­fi­cient blan­kets to keep him warm.

the or­der was made af­ter the de- tained soldier had said he had not been given enough blan­kets and was feel­ing cold as a re­sult.

the cor­po­ral is rep­re­sented by Ad­vo­cate Mon­a­heng rasekoai, while Ad­vo­cate Mafikeng Moshoeshoe is crown coun­sel.

the re­spon­dents in­clude the LDF Com­man­der, Di­rec­tor of Mil­i­tary In­tel­li­gence (MI) and Min­is­ter of De­fence.

Mean­while, the main case in which Cor­po­ral Leuta’s wife wants the court to or­der the re­lease of her hus­band would be heard on 29 June in the same high Court.

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