The first lady of Lesotho was on Tuesday charged for alleged links to the brutal 2017 killing of the prime minister’s previous wife.
The 42-year-old first lady, Maesaiah Thabane, will spend the night in custody after she came out of hiding and turned herself into the police earlier on Tuesday.
Paseka Mokete, the deputy police commissioner told reporters told reporters that She has been charged with murder alongside eight others who are in Lesotho and South Africa.
The Police commissioner added that, investigations had been “satisfactorily completed”.
He said police had a “strong case” against the first lady, who was unable to appear in court on Tuesday due to logistical reasons.
The eight other accused will also be summoned by the police.
After the murder of Lipolelo Thabane, Prime Minister Thomas Thabane’s estranged wife, Maesaiah Thabane went missing last month after being summoned as part of an investigation.
Two days before her husband’s inauguration, Lipolelo was gunned down outside her home in Lesotho’s capital Maseru in June 2017, after the couple were involved in bitter divorce proceedings.
A letter from Lesotho’s police chief was made public, which revealed new evidence in early January, alleging that communication records from the day of the crime picked up the prime minister’s mobile number.
80-year-old Prime Minister of Lesotho, Thomas Thabane, has since bowed to pressure and offered to resign at a date not yet disclosed. He has also been questioned by the police over the killing.
Though his current wife vanished when the police called her in to testify last month, prompting the issuing of an arrest warrant.
The prime minister’s press attache did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the murder charge.
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