Miss­ing cop case post­poned af­ter black out

Lesotho Times - - News - Tefo Tefo

THE case in which miss­ing po­lice­man Mokalekale Khetheng’s fa­ther Mr Thabo Khetheng is seek­ing a High Court or­der to com­pel the po­lice au­thor­i­ties to pro­duce his son dead or alive, has been moved to to­day af­ter it failed to pro­ceed yes­ter­day due to a power black­out at the court. The case was sched­uled to start with the pre­sen­ta­tion of oral ev­i­dence af­ter Mr Khetheng and the po­lice filed con­flict­ing ver­sions of the events in their papers.

Ac­cord­ing to Mr Khetheng’s court ap­pli­ca­tion filed on 18 July 2016 his son, Po­lice Con­sta­ble (PC) Mokalekale Khetheng was last seen when he was ar­rested by col­leagues in Se­both­oane, Leribe on 25 March this year. Ac­cord­ing to Mr Khetheng, he was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of ar­son af­ter the “govern­ment house al­lo­cated to the Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing Mokhot­long po­lice sta­tion got burned or it caught fire”.

The Commissioner of Po­lice, Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing Hlotse Po­lice Sta­tion, Min­is­ter of Po­lice, Min­is­ter of De­fence, Com­man­der Le­sotho De­fence Force, Direc­tor-gen­eral Na­tional Se­cu­rity Service, Prime Min­is­ter and At­tor­ney-gen­eral are cited as first to eighth re­spon­dents re­spec­tively in the mat­ter.

In the court papers the fa­ther wants PC Khetheng’s con­tin­ued de­ten­tion by the re­spon­dents “al­ter­na­tively the first and sec­ond re­spon­dents be de­clared null and void”.

In the event PC Khetheng is pro­duced to the court dead, Mr Khetheng wants the Prime Min­is­ter to con­vene a com­mis­sion of in­quiry into the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the death “and to make ap­pro­pri­ate rec­om­men­da­tions”.

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