Date set for Motšo­motšo case

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THE case against Ma­jor Pitso Ramoepane who stands ac­cused of mur­der­ing for­mer army com­man­der, Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Khoan­tle Motšo­motšo (pic­tured), will re­sume on 17 May 2018 with the pros­e­cu­tion re­spond­ing to the for­mer ’s ap­pli­ca­tion to be re­leased.

On Thurs­day, Se­nior Crown Coun­sel Lehlo­honolo Phooko told the Se­nior Res­i­dent Mag­is­trate, Phethise Motanyane that the pros­e­cu­tion was ready to present its re­sponse to court re­gard­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion made by Ma­jor Pitso Ramoepane to be re­leased from prison in terms of the Speedy Court Trial Act.

Ma­jor Ramoepane ap­plied to be re­leased from prison un­der the Speedy Court Trial Act, which pro- vides that a per­son should not be kept in de­ten­tion more than 60 days with­out trial.

Ma­jor Ramoepane has been de­tained in the Maseru Max­i­mum Se­cu­rity Prison since Septem­ber last year after be­ing ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the murder of Lt-Gen Motšo­motšo on 5 Septem­ber 2017 at Ratjo­mose Bar­racks.

Bri­gadier Bu­lane Sechele and Colonel Tefo Hashatsi were also killed dur­ing the in­ci­dent.

Ma­jor Ramoepane’s bail ap­pli­ca­tion was also re­jected by the High Court judge Jus­tice Molefi Makara early this year.

His lawyer had ar­gued dur­ing the bail ap­pli­ca­tion be­fore the High Court that Ma­jor Ramoepane was not present in the of­fice in which the for­mer army chief was shot.

Ma­jor Ramoepane has since switched his fo­cus to fight­ing for re­lease in terms the Speedy Court Trial Act.

And on Thurs­day Se­nior Mag­is­trate Motanyane told him, “The pros­e­cu­tion says it will re­spond to your ap­pli­ca­tion on the 17th of May this year and there­fore, your case is re­manded to that date”.

He will also ap­pear on that same date to face a charge of cul­pa­ble homi­cide for al­legedly shoot­ing and killing one Thabo Selemo in Tšenola, Motse-mocha on 25 Au­gust, 2007.

Ma­jor Ramoepane first ap­peared be­fore the Mag­is­trate’s Court on 28 Septem­ber, 2017 when the charges re­lat­ing to the death of Lt-Gen Motšo­motšo were pre­ferred on him.

Ma­jor Ramoepane is also fac­ing a cul­pa­ble homi­cide charge for al­legedly shoot­ing and killing Thabo Selemo in Tšenola, Motse-mocha on 25 Au­gust, 2007.

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