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Ex-First Lady Sent Back To Prison Over Murder

The wife of former Lesotho prime minister, Thomas Thabane, who was charged with the murder of her husband’s first wife, returned to prison on Wednesday, after the court overruled her application for judicial review.

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Maesaiah, 43, was charged in February for her involvement in the 2017 murder of Lipolelo.

She spent one night in jail, before a High Court freed her on a 1,000 maloti ($57) bail.

Lipolelo was shot by gunmen shortly before her estranged husband’s inauguration as prime minister, and weeks before he married Maesaiah in 2017.

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The former couple were separated, and had been pursuing a divorce before her death.

A Court of Appeal in Lesotho last week, overturned the controversial judicial supervision measures Maesaiah had enjoyed, after she was granted bail in the case.

After the ruling, the police could not arrest her immediately, because she was in South Africa with her husband, who had travelled to the neighbouring country for treatment.

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She arrived at the magistrate court on Wednesday in Maseru with armed police escort.

Judge Thamae Thamae told her she will remain in prison, and will be reconvened on June 16, 2020.

“The decision of the High Court to grant you bail has been set aside by the Court of Appeal,” the magistrate said.

“You will remain in the correctional facility. You will report back on 16 June 2020 to find out the progress of your case.”

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Police officers immediately whisked her away after the judge adjourned sitting.

Lipolelo’s murder also led to the resignation of the 80-year-old former prime minister, over his alleged involvement in her death.

In February, authorities wanted to charge him, but he asked the Constitutional Court to stop the courts from trying him for the crime while he was still in office.

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