The High Court of Gaborone today denied the release on bail to the former agent of the Directorate of Intelligence Services (DIS), Welheminah Mphoeng Maswabi.
The 46-year-old former agent known as “Butterfly” in spy circles is accused of financing terrorism by moving money linked to former spy chief Isaac Kgosi. She was denied bail earlier in the day after the state raised questions she posed a flight risk.
She is also accused of having the sum of 390 million dollars (approximately 4.2 billion pesos) in her personal account and having five different passports that she used to travel around the world, including a diplomatic passport. , she did not go to the police.
The state, represented by Priscilla Israel, told the court that Butterfly was indicted because she was the signer of the accounts used to transfer money, part of which amounted to 48 million pesos.
The state also accused her of having an intimate relationship with former DIS boss Kgosi and discussing the possibility of moving the money during their alleged romantic escapades.
“The extracted conversations showed that the two were lovers and (that) they shared a room on one of their trips outside the country,” Israel said.
Butterfly attorney Unoda Mack argued the state had no case against her and the prosecution had provided no evidence of her involvement.
Mack said if the state claimed that she was a signatory, they should have shown proof in the form of bank statements and there should also have been a paper trail of said money.
“While it is true that the accounts exist, there should be details, especially a bank statement. The state has failed to give us any, ”he said.