Lesotho drops murder charges against ex-PM over ex-wife’s murder | Courts News

Police accused former prime minister Thomas Thabane of paying assassins a down cost of $24,000 to kill his ex-wife.

Lesotho has dropped homicide expenses towards the nation’s former Prime Minister Thomas Thabane and his spouse for the 2017 killing of his earlier estranged spouse Lipolelo.

Prosecutors informed a courtroom listening to on Tuesday within the capital Maseru the choice was taken as they might now not find a key witness within the case.

“We have now been unable to hint an vital witness on this matter and the [director of public prosecutions] has determined to withdraw the fees towards the accused,” prosecutor Gareth Lappan informed the courtroom.

Thabane, 83, was accused of hiring hitmen to kill Lipolelo in June 2017, two days earlier than the prime minister’s inauguration.

The pair had been embroiled in bitter divorce proceedings.

Each the previous prime minister and his present spouse Maesaiah, whom he married two months after Lipolelo was killed, have denied any involvement within the homicide.

The killing set off a political disaster within the mountain kingdom landlocked inside South Africa.

Thabane resigned as prime minister in Could 2020, giving in to then mounting strain to step down over the case.

The choice to drop expenses got here per week after the instability-plagued nation introduced it should maintain normal elections in October.

Police accused Thabane of paying assassins a down cost of $24,000 to kill his ex-wife.

5 co-defendants within the trial included 45-year-old Maesaiah, who was controversially granted bail in June 2020, and the 4 suspected hitmen allegedly employed by Thabane.