Lesotho PM's wife's murder trial to start next month

File: Lesotho police allege Maesaiah Thabane (pictured) hired eight assassins to kill her husband Thomas Thabane's former wife Lipolelo Thabane.

File: Lesotho police allege Maesaiah Thabane (pictured) hired eight assassins to kill her husband Thomas Thabane's former wife Lipolelo Thabane.

AFP

MASERU - The wife of Lesotho's Prime Minister, who is charged with murdering her predecessor, will stand trial on 17 March, a magistrate ruled on Tuesday when she appeared in court.

Maesaiah Thabane was detained this month, accused of ordering the killing of Prime Minister Thomas Thabane's estranged wife Lipolelo.

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Lipolelo Thabane was shot dead in June 2017 near her home in Maseru, the capital of the tiny independent kingdom, which lies in the middle of a South African mountain range.

Police allege Maesaiah Thabane hired eight assassins to kill her, but was not present at the shooting.

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Maesaiah Thabane, who has denied any involvement in the killing but cannot enter a plea until her trial starts, appeared briefly in court before being driven to Lesotho's plush state house, where a few dozen supporters wearing the red, yellow and green of her husband's ABC party greeted her.

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Lipolelo, then 58, and Thomas Thabane, now 80, had been going through an acrimonious divorce when she was killed, two days before her husband's inauguration as prime minister.

Thabane and Maesaiah Thabane, now 42, married two months later. 

Source
Reuters