Detained soldier complains of pain in genitals
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.