Maseru, April 5 — About 66 inmates have been released from prison from March 27 to 31, 2023 this year.
This was said by the Lesotho Correctional Services Chief Information Officer Ms. Bokang Ramotena during a weekly reports briefing in Maseru on Wednesday.
Ms. Ramotena revealed that according to the pursuant of section 101 (1) (a) of the constitution of Lesotho 1993 and section 332 of criminal procedure and Evidence Act, 1981, The King may grant any person convicted of any offence under the law of Lesotho a pardon, either free or subject to lawful conditions.
She said the pardons committee sat on March 9 and recommended the inmates to be released on Amnesty in commemoration of 2022 Christmas Day and 2023 Moshoeshoes Day.
Breaking up conditions of each kind of release, Ms. Ramotena pointed out that 33 inmates comprising 31 men and two women were released on grace (courtesy).
She indicated that 17 inmates were released on bail, six on the law of speed trail, four (two men and two women) on parole, while two paid fine.
Ms. Ramotena further shared that one inmate had their case withheld, one hanged while the other one was released through order from the court.
She pointed out that one the case has withdrawn therefore convict released while and the other one has served their time.
Meanwhile, Ms. Ramotena revealed that 38 inmates (comprising of36 men and two women) aree still awaiting trial.
Lesotho Correctional Service mandated by the constitution of the Kingdom of Lesotho to provide, secure and humane custody of offenders and pre-trial detainees who have been committed into custody by competent courts of law.