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Lesotho’s Metsing, Kamoli to appear in court for alleged coup in 2014

Metsing fled to South Africa previously when Prime Minister Tom Thabane's government first made attempts to charge him.

Lesotho’s former deputy prime minister Mothetjoa Metsing. Picture: United Nations Photo.

MASERU - Former Lesotho Deputy Prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing and former army commander Tlali Kamoli are expected to appear in court next week to be charged with treason for the alleged 2014 coup.

Police have confirmed that court papers have been filed.

Metsing fled to South Africa previously when Prime Minister Tom Thabane's government first made attempts to charge him.

In August 2014, there was an alleged coup that led to Thabane fleeing.

He said he believed his deputy at the time, Metsing, backed by Kamoli were intending to topple him and or kill him.

The Southern African Development Community intervened and a settlement was reached that led to elections that Thabane lost.

Upon his return in 2017, Metsing fled the country.

Now deputy police commissioner Paseka Mokete said Metsing, his then secretary general Selibe Mochoboroane, and Kamoli would appear in court.

“They’ve been summoned to appear on 25 March to be formally charged.”

Kamoli has already been in custody for two years awaiting trial for the murder of former army commander Maaparankoe Mahao.