Return of fugitives hailed

MASERU – The Minister of Communications, Science and Technology Mothetjoa Metsing has hailed the return of the four fugitives who were wanted in Lesotho for alleged treason charges.

The fugitives Khotso Lebakeng, Thabo Thantsi, Mokherane Tsatsanyane and Thabo Motlomelo who fled to South Africa two years ago returned to Lesotho early this month.

They are part of the six men who skipped the country after being implicated in the 2007 political disturbances in which the homes of some ministers and their bodyguards were attacked.

Following the attacks the state imposed a curfew and police launched a manhunt for the suspects.

They arrived in the country separately and were accompanied to the police station by their lawyer Haae Phoofolo.

They were later released but the police said they would call them if they need more details during the investigations.

The minister said he was happy that the men had decided to return home and let the law take its course.

“We as government are happy that they have come back home and this will remove the stigma of Lesotho having people living outside the country as fugitives,” Metsing said.

Metsing said fugitives had come with the understanding that they are prepared to stand trial and led justice take its course.

The Minister added: “We think they are coming here with the understanding that Lesotho is a country governed by democratic its laws,” he said.

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