Convicted soldier pleads for mercy

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LOBATSE: A 28-year-old Botswana Defence Force (BDF) air defence unit soldier involved in a fake passport scandal has pleaded with magistrate Thekololo Letsholo not to send him to jail. Keleagetswe Mogomotsi was a fortnight ago convicted for using a fake passport to attempt to enter the country from South Africa in May.

In mitigation the convict said he regretted his actions. Mogomotsi said he only attempted to use the document because he wanted to help his brother who was under a critical health condition. “I must apologise before this Court for what I have done. I was really in a desperate situation hence I tried to use the passport because my brother was in a critical health condition. I regret and I am married, I have children who will suffer if I am sent to prison,” he pleaded.

The soldier who is based at the Sir Seretse Khama Barracks (SSKB) was arrested for using a relative’s passport to exit and enter Botswana on May 4, 2017. He presented a relative’s passport in the names of one Gotlaitse Mogomotsi at Ramatlabama border post in a bid to enter the country from South Africa whilst he knew it did not belong to him. He was arrested on the spot on his return trip in transit to Gaborone.

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