Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Tabani failed to appear in court on Friday in the case of the murder of his first wife, his son said that he had traveled to South Africa to visit a doctor and had not “escaped from the country”.
Tabani was due to appear before the court at 9:00 am local time (0700 GMT) in the case of the murder of Lipolillo Tabani in June 2017 near her home in the capital, Maseru, two days before he took office.
But the 80-year-old leader was absent from attendance.
On Thursday, police said, Tabani would be charged with the murder of his wife, Lippolillo. After the Prime Minister was absent from the session, the Deputy Commissioner of Police said that if it was established that Tabani was trying to escape justice, the police would issue an arrest warrant for him.
Tapani’s current wife, Masayah, 42, has already been charged with ordering the murder of Lepolillo, but she is currently out of prison on bail.
His son in law, Botlaco, said by phone that his father “went to South Africa to visit his private doctor”. He added, “He did not flee the country.”
Takalikwala, Tabani’s private secretary, said that the prime minister will return to Lesotho sometime in the weekend.
Libolillo, 58, at the time, and Tabani were in a difficult divorce at the time of her death when an unknown attacker shot her in her car.
Tappani and Maisayaiah, who were married two months after Lippolello’s murder, denied any role in her murder.