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Lesotho PM Thabane appears in Maseru court after Friday no-show

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

Lesotho PM Tom Thabane (foreground) appears in the Maseru Magistrates Court accompanied by his wife Lesotho First Lady Maesiah Thabane, son Potlako Thabane, Water Minister Samonyane Ntsekele, senior private secretary Thabo Thakalekoala among others. Picture: Nthakoana Ngatane/EWN.

MASERU - Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane has made his first appearance in the Maseru magistrate court after his no-show on Friday.

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.

He is expected to be charged with murder, attempted murder, and malicious damage to property.

Thabane is appearing in the Maseru Magistrates Court after police rejected his sick leave.

His lawyer, Qhalehang Letsika, wants the court to determine if Thabane can be charged as a sitting prime minister and or if that should be decided by the Constitutional Court.

Thabane was flanked by his wife, first lady Maesiah Thabane, who's already been charged with murder and attempted murder.

Magistrate Phethise Motanyane has taken a recess to decide.