Former President Lt Gen Ian Khama is unlikely to return to Botswana earlier than the 2024 normal elections and is anticipated to problem his extradition in South African courts ought to Botswana authorities apply for his repatriation.
Khama who faces 13 counts of illegal possession of firearms didn’t present up in court docket on Thursday as a result of he had not been served with summons.
The court docket accepted the reason by Khama’s attorneys and postponed the case to June 6 to permit for a summons to be served on him. If Khama doesn’t seem in court docket on June 6 then Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) is anticipated to use for his extradition from South Africa.
Indications are that Khama is not going to present up for his scheduled court docket date and is assured that his case will not be sturdy sufficient for Botswana’s extradition request to succeed.
In an interview with the South African Daily Maverick this week, Khama is quoted saying
“You have to prove in court you have a case to answer,” ….. “and if someone is in a country for some reason or the other, fearing for their life or persecution, the country where they are in has to satisfy itself that it is a genuine case.”
Khama stated he acquired a report from a “credible” non-public safety firm which confirmed the knowledge he’d been getting from folks he trusts in Botswana, “that there was an attempt by Masisi to eliminate me before the 2024 elections”. This, he claimed, was the explanation he was charged and why he will likely be anticipated to return residence – one thing he stated he wouldn’t do.
Khama is charged alongside former Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services (DIS) Director General Isaac Kgosi who’s charged with 20 counts of unlawful possession of firearms, suspended Commissioner of Police Keabetswe Makgophe and Deputy Permanent Secretary Bruno Paledi.