Ma­hao mur­der sus­pects charged

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(LDF) of­fi­cers briefly ap­peared for the first time be­fore the High Court on Tues­day to face charges of mur­der­ing for­mer LDF com­man­der, Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Maa­parankoe Ma­hao (pic­tured), in July 2015.

The eight sol­diers are Cap­tain Litekanyo Nyakane; Cap­tain Ha­leo Makara; Sergeant Lekhooa Moepi; Sergeant Mot­samai Fako; Cor­po­ral Marasi ‘Moleli; Cor­po­ral Motšoane Machai; Cor­po­ral Mohlalefi Seitl­heko and Cor­po­ral Tšitso Ramo­holi.

They are charged with the mur­der of Lt-gen Ma­hao in Mokema on 25 June 2015.

The High Court Judge, Jus­tice ‘Mase­shophe Hla­joane or­dered them to ap­pear again be­fore the High Court on 20 April 2018 for the court to set a date of hear­ing.

Lt-gen Ma­hao was fa­tally shot by his erst­while LDF col­leagues on 25 June 2015 just out­side Maseru. The LDF claimed at the time that Ltgen Ma­hao had re­sisted ar­rest for al­legedly lead­ing a mutiny when he was killed but that claim was dis­missed as a hoax by a South­ern African De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion in­quiry into his death.

Lt-gen Ma­hao’s fam­ily ac­cused the army of killing him in cold blood bas­ing on the ac­count of his neph­ews who were with him dur­ing the in­ci­dent.

Some of the army of­fi­cers who are await­ing trial in prison in con­nec­tion with the as­sas­si­na­tion of Lt-gen Ma­hao are also fac­ing other se­ri­ous charges that in­clude mur­der and mutiny.

Among them is Cap­tain Nyakane who is also fac­ing a mur­der charge in­volv­ing the killing of Sub-in­spec­tor Mokhe­seng Ramahloko, who was shot and killed by mem­bers of the LDF at the Po­lice Head­quar­ters on 30 Au­gust 2014 dur­ing the at­tempted coup.

Cap­tain Nyakane also faces a mutiny charge in re­la­tion to the events that led to the killing of the for­mer army com­man­der, Lt-gen Khoan­tle Motšo­motšo, on 5 Septem­ber 2017 at Ratjo­mose bar­racks.

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