Khama's First Date With Death Penalty

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The fate of death row inmate Kedisaletse Tsobane, now lies with President Ian Khama after the Court of Appeal dismissed his case.

Tsobane was sentenced to death by the Francistown High Court after he was convicted of killing his 10-year-old daughter in 2004 to avoid paying for her maintenance. He pleaded guilty to a charge of murder. Last week, the Court of Appeal sitting in Lobatse, upheld the death sentence, which was imposed by the High Court. In dismissing the appeal, the court found that there were no extenuating circumstances in Tsobane's case.    

Tsobane can now only apply to the President for mercy. His lawyer, Tony Matilo, said this is the only option they are left with. This will be the first application for clemency by a death row inmate to Khama since he took power in April. 

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Let the law take its course

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