Police officers arrested for rape

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MASERU — Two police officers were arrested last week for allegedly raping two women in Butha-Buthe.

The women were stopped while walking in the wee hours of Thursday morning.

The police officers told the women it was unlawful for them to be walking at night and “arrested” them.

“They ordered the women to get into the car and drove to a shop where they bought condoms,” Masupha Masupha, the police spokesman, said.

“Then they took them to a house where they raped them.

“The women managed to escape when the men fell asleep.”

He said the women then reported the matter to the police.

Masupha said the women identified the two suspects at an identification parade called by the police.

“They were arrested immediately.

“They have already appeared in court where they are being charged with rape.

“They have both been given bail of M1 000 each and have paid M3 000 surety,” Masupha said.

The incident comes a few weeks after two police officers in Mokhotlong were also charged for allegedly raping female detainees who were awaiting trial in police cells.

Masupha said the unfortunate acts were embarrassing to the Lesotho Mounted Police Service.

He added that the police will continue to arrest other officers who commit criminal cases.

“Police officers who commit criminal acts are arrested like everybody else.

“They are also taken to courts of law for prosecution,” Masupha said.

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