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Lesotho PM Tom Thabane a no show for court appearance

Police were expecting Thabane to appear before the Maseru magistrates court but he did not arrive.

Lesotho PM Thomas Motsoahae Thabane (C) looks on during proceedings at the closing ceremony of the 37th Southern African Development Community (SADC) Summit of Heads of State and Government at The OR Tambo Building in Pretoria on 20 August, 2017. Picture: AFP

MASERU - Lawyers representing Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane on Friday morning said they would appear in court, but couldn’t say if he would be with them.

Police were expecting Thabane to appear before the Maseru Magistrates Court but he did not arrive.

Lesotho’s deputy commissioner of police Paseka Mokete said police received unconfirmed reports that he was receiving medical attention in South Africa.

Sources told Eyewitness News that even prosecutors were in the dark about the whereabouts of Thabane.

Advocate Qhalehang Letsika confirmed to EWN that he was representing Thabane and he would come to court.

Asked when Thabane would be coming, Letsika simply said the media would know when they arrive in court. He wouldn’t say when that would be or if Thabane would also be present.

Speculation was mounting that Thabane was in fact outside the country as per earlier unconfirmed reports.

Meanwhile, Thabane's office said he left for South Africa early on Friday morning to seek emergency medical attention.

A statement was released responding to media reports suggesting that he was trying to avoid appearing in court.

It said he would make arrangements for another court appearance on his return because he remained committed to the rule of law.