The Botswana Police Service is lifting the 24-hour protection service it had accorded Lobatse High Court Judge Ian Kirby two years ago, following the uncovering of an assassination plot.
In a brief interview with the Sunday Standard this week, the Commissioner of Police, Thebeyame Tsimako, said, “We have now lifted the 24-hour protection that was given to justice Kirby sometime ago.”
Tsimako said even though the police have lifted Kirby’s protection, he is still monitored but “at a relaxed mood”.
He would not reveal why they had decided to lift the protection.
The Director of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Wilmon Karahindi, said the investigation into the case by local authorities had been concluded and the case was subsequently forwarded to the South African National Prosecution Authority. He said the case has since been registered before a South African court so there has not been any new developments in the case as yet.
Karahindi said one of the suspects is said to be in the United Kingdom where he is receiving medical attention.
“We cannot push the South African Police because it is their case,” said Karahindi. “As Botswana we cannot do anything because Botswana was just assisting the South African Police Service to further their investigations.”
Karahindi said he is not in a position to say when the case will be concluded.
About two years ago Kirby received assassination threats that triggered a 24-hour protection by the police.
Sometime last year, one of the key suspects, a South African, hanged himself under mysterious circumstances while another suspect is still in the United Kingdom.
Efforts to contact Justice Kirby were futile as he was said to be in a meeting.