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Maesaiah Thabane released on parole

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The Court released Lesotho’s first lady, Maesaiah Thabane, who had been charged with the murder of her husband’s former wife, on 1,000 maloti (~$68) bail on Wednesday.

Two days ago, on February 4, Maesaiah Thabane, aged 42, handed herself to the police and was placed in custody following a weeks-long disappearance.

She had been evading the investigating authorities since January 13, when a warrant was issued for her arrest. Since then the investigation was suspended during the search, and reinstated after her eventual arrest.

She was charged after police quizzed her on the brutal murder of Prime Minister Thomas Thabane’s wife two days before his inauguration in June 2017.

Thomas Thabane agreed to step down last month after police linked his mobile number to communication records from the day of the crime. He has not yet given a timeline for his resignation.

His wife made the first appearance before Lesotho’s magistrate court on Wednesday after spending the night in jail.

Thomas Thabane did not attend the hearing.

The first lady is suspected of orchestrating the shooting. Police have also charged her for the attempted murder of Lipolelo Thabane’s friend Thato Sibolla, who was wounded at the scene.

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