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Police in Lesotho have arrested the country’s former first lady, Maesaiah Thabane, this follows the revocation of her bail last week by the country’s appeal court.

The former first lady, who had been out on bail, is suspected of orchestrating the shooting of Lipolelo Thabane in the capital, Maseru.

Lesotho’s court of appeal revoked the bail on suspicion that proper procedure was not followed in granting her bail and ordered her rearrest.

On Wednesday, Maesaiah arrived at the magistrate court in Maseru under the escort of armed police officers. She was told she would be taken to the female correctional facility in fulfilment of the appeals court judgement.

“The decision of the High Court to grant you bail has been set aside by the Court of Appeal,” said the magistrate. “You will remain in the correctional facility. You will report back on 16 June 2020 to find out the progress of your case.”

Charge

Thomas, who is yet to be formally charged, is also a suspect in the case. Both Thomas and Maesaiah deny any involvement.

The former prime minister stepped down in May after months of calls for his resignation over the case. Lipolelo was murdered in June 2017, just two days before Thomas took office. The couple were in the midst of a divorce when she was shot outside her home. Two months later, Thomas married his current wife.

Lesotho’s former finance minister, Moeketsi Majoro, was sworn in as prime minister on 20 May, replacing the octogenarian leader.

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