Lesotho’s Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has failed to appear in court to face charges of murdering his estranged wife in 2017.
An aide and Mr Thabane’s son say the 80-year-old leader is receiving treatment in neighbouring South Africa.
His current wife Maesaiah Thabane has already been charged with the murder.
Mr Thabane would be the first African leader to be charged with a domestic murder while in office, in a case that has shocked the tiny mountain kingdom.
He has not commented on the allegations.