7 extradited to Lesotho
Bloemfontein - Seven fugitives will be
extradited to Lesotho on Tuesday after fleeing the country in 2009, police
spokesperson Vish Naidoo said.
"Our Interpol office received a request
from the Kingdom of Lesotho during April 2009 for the extradition of the seven
fugitives who are wanted for murder, attempted murder, robbery, kidnapping,
illegal possession of firearms and the contravention of the Internal Security
Act of the Kingdom of Lesotho," he said.
The men allegedly conspired to kill the Prime
Minister of Lesotho. They were escorted out of South Africa at 10:00 on Tuesday
by members of the Interpol Fugitive Desk.
The group fled Lesotho through the Mozambican
borders in 2009 but were arrested in the Free State shortly after.
They had been in custody since their arrest
pending the application for extradition by the Lesotho authorities, Naidoo
Earlier this month the Bloemfontein
Magistrate's Court ordered that Alberto Makwakwa, Angelo Mondlani, Mangani
Malenge, Abel Nhatsave, George Thomas, Francisco Alberto Mandlate, Rocky
Anthony Masinga be extradited to Lesotho.