Lesotho: Fresh twist to Ethiopian refugee’s harassment case

Published: 21/Mar/2012
Source: Lesotho Times

MASERU — The National Security Service (NSS) boss and the acting police commissioner are expected to appear before the High Court on Monday to show why they should not be restrained from stalking an Ethiopian refugee.

Acting High Court judge Justice Lebohang Molete on March 6 called the NSS director Tšokolo Koro and acting police commissioner Kizito Mhlakaza to answer why they should not be interdicted from invading Eyob Asemie’s privacy and violating his right to freedom of movement.

Justice Molete said the two should also tell the court why their subordinates should not also be restrained and interdicted from taking pictures of Asemie’s residence without his consent.

Asemie had also complained that some intelligence and police officers were parking their motor vehicles next to his house.

Justice Molete on March 9 issued an interim order preventing Koro and Mhlakaza from stalking Asemie pending the finalisation of a case in which he (Asemie) is seeking the court to order them to leave him alone.

Asemie told the Lesotho Times that he believed the NSS, police, home affairs principal secretary Retšelisitsoe KhetLsi and the Commissioner of Refugees, Mohlolo Lerotholi, have ganged up against him to thwart his efforts to be sworn-in as a Lesotho citizen.

Asemie was supposed to have appeared before Deputy Prime Minister Lesao Lehohla together with 12 others to be sworn in as Lesotho citizens last month but his name was struck off the list despite the Ombudsman Alina Fanana’s recommendation.

This was the third time since August 2010 that Asemie had failed to be sworn-in because the state alleged that he is a criminal masquerading as a refugee.

Read further: https://lestimes.com/fresh-twist-to-ethiopian-refugees-harassment-case/

Themes: Naturalisation and Marriage, Nationality and Refugees
Regions: Lesotho
Year: 2012