The prime minister of a tiny African kingdom has been sensationally linked to his wife's assassination after a call was traced from the murder scene to his mobile phone, the country's police chief has alleged.
Thomas Thabane, the 80-year-old leader of Lesotho, is now under pressure to explain the mystery call on the day his estranged wife Lipolelo, 58, was gunned down in 2017.
Police commissioner Holomo Molibeli has written to Mr Thabane demanding to know the caller's identity and the 'subject matter' of the call.
He wrote: 'The investigations reveal that there was a telephonic communication at the scene of the crime in question ... with another cell phone.
'The cell phone number belongs to you.'
The accusation has rocked the tiny poverty-stricken nation, which has a population of two million and is where Prince Harry volunteered during his gap year in 2004.
Thomas Thabane, the 80-year-old leader of Lesotho, married his third wife Maesiah Ramoholi, 42, at a sports stadium (pictured) three months after his second wife's murder
Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane (pictured at the UN in 2018) has been linked to the murder of his second wife Lipolelo (right) who was shot dead 'execution style' in 2017
Lipolelo was shot dead in an 'execution style' attack in the outskirts of the capital Maseru just two days before her husband's inauguration.
A few months later he married his long-term partner Maesiah Ramoholi, 42, in an extravegent ceremony attended by thousands in the capital's Setsoto Stadium.
The prime minister's spokesman Relebohile Moyeye claimed Mr Thabane had not received the police chief's letter, dated december 23.
He said: 'We are very much surprised to have seen such letter trending on social media.
'It is therefore not easy to comment on anything as we can't verify the authenticity of such letter.'
The letter was revealed in high court documents filed by Mr Molibeli to challenge attempts by Mr Thabane to suspend him from duties for ordering police brutality against civilians.
PM Thomas Thabane casts his vote in the 2017 elections. His estranged wife Lipolelo Thabane was murdered two days before he was inaugurated as prime minister