Thomas Thabane, Lesotho’s former prime minister and his current wife, Maesaiah Thabane, on Tuesday were charged over the murder of his estranged wife.
The charges of the case that has shocked the southern African highland kingdom were read out at a preliminary court interview in closed chambers at the High Court of Lesotho.
Maesaiah Thabane, 43, and the former premier, now 82, have both denied involvement in the killing.
Days before Thomas Thabane was sworn in as premier in June 2017, Lipolela Thabane was shot dead in her car near her home in the capital, Maseru. They had been going through a spiteful divorce at the time of her death.
The accused duo who married two months after the shooting, are also charged with the attempted murder of Thato Sibolla who was with Lipolelo Thabane when she was shot, and with malicious damage to property; the victim’s car.
Police allege that Maesaiah hired eight assassins to kill Lipolelo but was not present at the shooting.
Pressure from opposition figures and South African mediators made Thomas Thabane to resign in May 2020 and to quit from his All Basotho Convention (ABC) party.
The case will be heard on 8-10 March, 2022.