MASERU — High Court judge Justice ’Maseforo Mahase has issued an interim order directing the military police to give Eyob Belay Asemie 24-hour protection with immediate effect.
Justice Mahase ordered that Asemie be placed in protective custody at his home in Lower Thetsane, Maliba-Matšo Street, House No-367.
At least two military police officers should be on guard at Asemie’s house day and night, says the court order.
The judge has also ordered that the Commissioner of Police, Kizito Mhlakaza, all the police under his command and Police Minister Mophato Monyake “shall not be present within a 100m radius” of Asemie’s house.
The order allows the police to approach Asemie’s home only if they are going to serve him with a criminal charge, if any, emanating from his arrest on Sunday morning.
Mhlakaza and his police have also been ordered to “prefer the purported criminal charges, if any, against the Applicant (Asemie) within seven days from the date of service of this Order”.
If the police do not charge him within seven days, the court order says “no criminal charges shall ever be brought against the Applicant on the basis of his conduct preceding the date of this Court Order, and at which time this particular order
shall ipso facto become final”.
When Asemie is served with criminal charges his military police security lapses but instead of the police arresting him and taking him to court “the members of the Military Police securing the protected place shall immediately bring the Applicant to
the court of competent jurisdiction, and at no other place that such court, to be dealt with according to the law of this land”.
The order also says Asemie should only be allowed to travel within the Maseru City and whenever he leaves his home one or more military police should accompany him.
Justice Mahase has also ordered Home Affairs Minister Joang Molapo to swear-in Asemie as a naturalised citizen of Lesotho within two weeks from yesterday.