The wife of the prime minister of
Lesotho is to be charged with murdering his previous wife.
Earlier First Lady Maesaiah
Thabane handed herself in to be questioned by police in the southern African
Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has
also been questioned about the killing.
His estranged wife, Lipolelo
Thabane, was shot dead outside her home in the capital Maseru two days before
his inauguration in 2017.
The couple was involved in bitter
divorce proceedings at the time.
The attack was originally blamed
on unknown armed men, but recent court papers filed by the country’s police
commissioner, Holomo Molibeli, have raised further questions.
A warrant of arrest of was issued
for 42-year-old Maesaiah Thabane on 10 January after she disappeared.
She was “picked from the border”
with South Africa on Tuesday after an arrangement between her lawyers and
police, police spokesman Mpiti Mopeli told AFP news agency.
Police Commissioner Holomo
Molibeli told the BBC that she was being held in custody and would be formally
charged in court on Wednesday.
Eights others in Lesotho and South
Africa are also reportedly facing murder charges.