LMPS mum on bombs report
Published on August 15, 2014 · No Comments
Six months after SAPS expert team combs crime scene
KANANELO BOLOETSE and MPHO LESHOTA
MASERU – Six months after bomb attacks rocked Maseru early this year, the Lesotho Mounted Police Services (LMPS) is silent on the completion of a forensic report by their South African counterparts.
Soon after the January 27 attacks on the home of Prime Minister Motsoahae Thabane’s partner, Liabiloe Ramoholi, at Moshoeshoe II, and at the Commissioner of Police Khothatso Tšooana’s residence, at Ha Abia, in Maseru, police had promised to explain to the nation what really happened on that fateful day.
At Ramoholi’s residence, three children were severely injured and subsequently taken to Queen ‘Mamohato Memorial Hospital, in Maseru, for medical treatment.
A South African Police Services (SAPS) expert team was engaged to assist with crime scene investigations, following which a detailed forensic report would be submitted to the LMPS.
The report on the findings of the SAPS expert team tasked to investigate the attacks is yet to be submitted to the LMPS. The crucial report, which would form a crucial part of the findings, was supposed to have been submitted on February 11 as was reported by the Public Eye earlier.
LMPS spokesperson Senior Inspector Lebona Mohloboli this week told Public Eye the police were not in a position to disclose if the SAPS expert report was complete and in the hands of the LMPS.
“All we can say is that investigations are in progress, but we are not in a position to say whether the report is complete or not,” Mohloboli said.
The LMPS spokesperson said “…even if we received it we cannot say its completion and availability would be made public; all matters relating to the report will be heard in court, as evidence, when such a time comes.”
The confidential report was expected to be released by the SAPS four-man team that had combed the bombed residences for two days ending on January 31, and would detail the type of the bombs used in the attack.
The investigation was conducted under the watchful eye of the LMPS detectives, who indicated that forensic testing will determine whether the bombs were home-made or professionally manufactured.
The SAPS collected the fragments at the scene of the incidents. It is those pieces gathered from the roof and purlins of the roofing which would be tested in a South African laboratory in Cape Town.
“Investigation on the attacks is on course. Soon it will be established as to what exactly happened. I hope it will be complete soon but I cannot exactly say when,” Senior Inspector Lebona Mohloboli indicated to this paper following the attacks.
The opposition Democratic Congress (DC) poured scorn on the snail-paced manner the case dragged at the hands of the police, “…with even a simple forensic report not yet available in such a high profile case.”
DC secretary general Ralechate ‘Mokose said: “Our police or government seem to be interested in certain cases leaving others behind. They are interested in cases that are political in nature, that are against antagonists to the ruling party.”
“My understanding is that their interest is not to sue and win these cases, but to paint the victim and use that for politicking and naming them as being corrupt while other cases are stuck.”
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