Lesotho on Tuesday dropped murder charges against the country’s former Prime Minister Thomas Thabane and his wife over the 2017 killing of his previous estranged wife, Lipolelo.
Prosecutors during a court hearing in the capital Maseru said the decision was taken as they could no longer locate a key witness in the case.
“We have been unable to trace an important witness in this matter and the (Director of Public Prosecutions) has decided to withdraw the charges against the accused,” prosecutor Gareth Lappan told the court.
Thabane, 83, was accused of hiring hitmen to kill Lipolelo in June 2017, two days before the prime minister’s inauguration.
The pair had been embroiled in bitter divorce proceedings.
Both the former premier and his current wife Maesaiah — whom he married two months after Lipolelo was killed — have denied any involvement in the murder.