After a brief session at the High Court in Meseru on Tuesday (12 November), the trial of 32 men accused of attempting to overthrow the Lesotho Government by force, was postponed for two day.
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Background: After a brief session at the High Court in Meseru on Tuesday (12 November), the trial of 32 men accused of attempting to overthrow the Lesotho Government by force, was postponed for two day.
Chief Justice Joas Mapetla delayed the start of the trial after being told by the leader of the prosecution team, Jules Browde, a South African lawyer, that arrangements for obtaining senior counsel to appear for the accused had not been finalised.
The 32 men, alleged supporters of Lesotho's main opposition -- the Basotholand Congress Party -- have been charged with high treason and, If found guilty, face death sentences.
They were arrested in connection wit violent disturbances in Lesotho last January when armed gangs attacked police stations and seized arms and ammunition. They have been remanded in custody since 9 October.
The trial has attracted the interest of civil rights organisations, including Amnesty International, which has an observer at the trial. He is South African Professor Barend van Niekerk, Professor of Law at Natal University.