Saturday, September 25, 2021

Judge sues state for unlawful arrest

High Court judge, Dr Onkemetse Tshosa, has notified the Attorney General, Athaliah Molokomme, and Commissioner of Police, Thebeyame Tsimako, of his intention to sue for unlawful arrest.

Tshosa appeared before the Village Magistrate Court in Gaborone last week to answer to charges of assaulting a police officer, driving recklessly and failing to provide a specimen of breath when requested to do so by the police.

Tshosa’s attorney, Omphemetse Motumise, of Moeletsi Motumise Attorneys, confirmed this week that “a statutory notice has been issued suing for wrongful arrest and unlawful detention among others”.

The state has been given 30 days’ notice that Tshosa intends to launch a civil action.

This comes after Tshosa, who was earlier this year appointed a High Court judge, was thrown into a police cell by Molepolole Police officers, following a fracas, allegedly arising from a traffic related incident.

The judge was detained in May this year in an episode which resulted in one police officer launching a complaint of assault against him. Plea has been reserved up until the state has furnished Tshosa with all the witness statements and other material relevant to the case.

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