By Leboela Motopi
MASERU–The former principal secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Retšelisitsoe Khetsi, who is facing a M5million bribery charge, was on Tuesday this week released on M10 000 bail by the Maseru Magistrate’s Court.
Khetsi, 45, of Ha Thetsane was charged alongside Motsotuoa Makoa, 42, of Centurion, South Africa.
The two were not asked to plead when they appeared before Senior Resident Magistrate Peter Murenzi.
Advocate Sefako Seema of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Offences (DCEO) represents the crown in the case, while Advocate Qhalehang Letsika and Nkoea Thabane appear for Khetsi and Makoa respectively.
The accused men are expected back in court on November 26.
It is the state’s case that between January and November 2012, Khetsi allegedly received M5million from Makoa, which had been offered by Israeli firm, NIP-NIKUV.
According to court papers, NIP-NIKUV had tendered for a contract to produce the country’s identity cards and passports, and the money was an inducement for the government to grant the contract to the Israeli company.
Granting both Khetsi and Makoa bail, Magistrate Murenzi ordered the two men to report to the DCEO offices every last Friday of the month.
Murenzi also instructed the accused men to attend remand hearings and not to interfere with police investigations and crown witnesses.
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