AN­OTHER MUTINY SUS­PECT RE­LEASED

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An­other sol­dier who had been de­tained at Maseru Max­i­mum Se­cu­rity Prison for sus­pected mutiny was re­leased yes­ter­day af­ter the high Court on tues­day ruled his in­car­cer­a­tion was il­le­gal.

Cor­po­ral Mon­tšuoe Mot­seko was ini­tially ar­rested on 25 June this year but later re­leased al­legedly af­ter agree­ing to im­pli­cate the now late for­mer army com­man­der Maa­parankoe Ma­hao and ex-po­lice com­mis­sioner Khothatso tšooana in the foiled mutiny.

how­ever, he was re­ar­rested af­ter he al­legedly re­vealed he only agreed to in­crim­i­nate the duo af­ter be­ing promised amnesty and also be­cause he feared be­ing tor­tured while in de­ten­tion.

he was among 23 sol­diers ar­rested and de­tained be­tween May and June this year for al­legedly plot­ting to over­throw the army com­mand.

Bri­gadier tho­riso Mareka, Lance-cor­po­ral Mo­hasi, Cor­po­ral Mo­hat­lane and Lance-cor­po­ral Jobo have also been re­leased and placed un­der open ar­rest af­ter the high Court ruled their con­tin­ued de­ten­tion was il­le­gal.

Bri­gadier Poqa Mo­toa, Colonel Ste­mere, Colonel Kolisang, Ma­jor Makhetha, Cap­tain Chaka, Sergeant Mokhobo, Sergeant Se­makale, Sergeant Lekhabun­yane, Cor­po­ral Mokhoro, Cor­po­ral Let­si­lane, Cor­po­ral Lipoto, Cor­po­ral Manaka, Cor­po­ral Chele, Lance Cor­po­ral Molefi, Lance-cor­po­ral Makhooane, Pri­vate Pama, Pri­vate Bolofo and Pri­vate ral­itlemo re­main in Maseru Max­i­mum Se­cu­rity Prison.

on tues­day, high Court judge, Jus­tice tšeliso Mon­aphathi, or­dered Cor­po­ral Mot­seko’s re­lease with im- me­di­ate ef­fect and placed him un­der open ar­rest.

Jus­tice Mon­aphathi said in his rul­ing: “the re-ar­rest and de­ten­tion of the ap­pli­cant is de­clared un­law­ful ab ini­tio. the re­spon­dents are or­dered to re­lease the ap­pli­cant from de­ten­tion forth­with.

“I have con­sid­ered ar­gu­ments on both sides and the cir­cum­stances and cases cited in sup­port of both ar­gu­ments.

“I take the view that the con­tin­ued de­ten­tion of the ap­pli­cant is ir­reg­u­lar, more es­pe­cially around the fact that it was con­tended that his ar­rest was mo­ti­vated by his re­fusal to im­pli­cate other mil­i­tary men.”

In his af­fi­davit to mo­ti­vate his re­lease, Cor­po­ral Mot­seko made damn­ing al­le­ga­tions that he was promised amnesty should he im­pli­cate the two men.cor­po­ral Mot­seko fur­ther stated he re­peat­edly re­fused to in­crim­i­nate any­body when per­suaded by Ma­jor Bu­lane Sechele.

The of­fi­cer fur­ther said he had only agreed to im­pli­cate the duo and other sol­diers to avoid be­ing pun­ished again by his col­leagues who had al­legedly pre­vi­ously tor­tured him at Setib­ing army base.

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