Johannesburg – Arrested Botswana drug mule Lesedi Molapisi is alive contrary to reports that she had been executed after she was busted in Bangladesh for smuggling more than 3kg of heroin.
The arrested Botswana woman’s father, Goitsemodimo Molapisi, told South Africa-based Newzroom Afrika television channel that his daughter had not been executed as widely reported on social media and was in fact still awaiting trial.
“It is a very difficult time for us here because of what we are seeing in the news media circulating around… these people are not doing the right thing… they will never talk to us… we just see them posting very, very, very bad news regarding our daughter who has been arrested in Bangladesh,” lamented Molapisi.
Molapisi, who said he lives in Shakawe village in the northwest district of Botswana, said his daughter was unemployed. He said 30-year-old Lesedi “stayed at home” before she secretly left for Bangladesh.
Lesedi left home on 15 January 2022 and on the 23rd of the same month, Molapisi said he “saw some news that she was arrested in Bangladesh in possession of illegal drugs”.
“They never called me… I heard from good samaritans from Bangladesh who told me that they were lawyers only to find out that they were working with the police,” said Molapisi.
He also complained that it was difficult for him to establish the facts around his daughter’s arrest, because, “we have never talked to her directly”‘.
Molapisi said he was communicating with her through people who identified themselves as the “African Association” in Bangladesh.
“She says she is fine… the trial hasn’t yet started … that is what I know,” said Molapisi.
He said he was told that Lesedi appeared in court on 14 November “for mention not for trial”.
Lesedi has communicated that she was not aware that there were illicit drugs in her luggage.
Her father revealed that he has since found a letter suggesting that Lesdi was “lured” to Bangladesh by people who applied for her visa in Pretoria, SA, claiming she was traveling to that country to buy ready-made clothes.
The letter addressed to the Embassy of Bangladesh in Pretoria claimed Lesedi’s accommodation during her visit would be paid for.
Molapisi said the letter was signed by Amir Hossain, senior consultant, PMT Tours and Travels, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
However, The Bulrushes was unable to locate a company named PMT Tours and Travels based in Dhaka.
He said he has also approached the Botswana government for assistance, but they have not received any formal indication that Lesedi was arrested in Bangladesh.