Monday, June 1, 2020

Did Rogue spies, immigration officials and lawyers help Kgosi evade arrest?

The Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services (DIS) and the Botswana Police Service (BPS) are currently investigating a possible sophisticated computer intrusion by rogue immigration and intelligence agents who are sympathetic to former DIS Director General Isaac Kgosi.

A source closer to the  investigations revealed that, Kgosi was supposed to have been arrested when he crossed into Botswana, but a computer systems blackout at Ramotswa border post enabled him to evade arrest.The Botswana Police (Interpol) has established that the Ramotswa Border gate electronic system was not working and that Kgosi was assisted manually.The source said they are investigating a possible inside job.

It has also emerged that a white Hi-lux double cab registered under Diba Mathews was used to transport Kgosi from Ramotswa border gate to Gaborone.Transporting a wanted person by Interpol is a criminal offence. Diba Diba is the Chairman of the Law Society of Botswana and was initially Kgosi’s lawyer before Thabiso Tafila and Unoda Mack were roped in.

“The car that was used to transport Kgosi from the Ramotswa Border gate into Botswana without necessarily going into any Police station raises some eye brows because this shows that communication between some lawyers, Kgosi’s intelligence associates and Kgosi himself were in place,” the source claims.“Some law enforcement officers and government officials closer to Kgosi might have infiltrated the intelligence and this should not be ruled out. Why did Kgosi choose to travel by road when he had an illness that took him as far as Malaysia for treatment, quizzed the source?” 

The Sunday Standard understands that the Botswana Police together with Interpol have picked that Kgosi was in Israel for a period of two months before coming to Botswana.Broadhurst Magistrate Masilo Mathaka was also baffled at the manner in which the former spy boss crossed the Ramotswa Border post undetected by even Immigration officials.

When making her submissions in Court, State Prosecutor Thato Dibeela said Kgosi should be incarcerated because he has failed to obey a court order on his bail conditions.But his defense team argued that the reason why Kgosi took a stand to give evidence in chief was to show the court that he was in Malaysia and Israel.

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