Demands for arrests of Lesotho general’s killers

JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – FAILURE to take action against the killers of a Lesotho army general accused of plotting a coup will further entrench a culture of impunity for human rights violations in the country, rights group have warned.

A year after the assassination of Lieutenant-General Maaparankoe Mahao allegedly by members of the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF), no arrests have been made.

“The soldiers who shot Maaparankoe Mahao are known by the senior army commanders of the LDF,” said Deprose Muchena, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for Southern Africa.

Muchena said authorities must ensure that the criminal investigation is thorough, effective and impartial and identifies those with criminal responsibility for killing Mahao, and must ensure that they are prosecuted in fair trials without recourse to the death penalty.

Mahao, who was accused of leading a number of soldiers in a mutiny plot was killed on June 25 last year. Members of LDF claimed that he was resisting arrest outside Maseru.

A report by Southern African Development Community dismissed mutiny claims citing lack of evidence to prove his involvement.

Dozens of soldiers were arrested in connection with the alleged mutiny and 16 of them are still detained at the Maseru Maximum Security Prison.

– CAJ News

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