• I am being framed` Moalosi
• ‘Evidence is planted’- Moalosi
A Botswana Police Forensic report seen by this publication alleges that Motlhaleemang Moalosi created and leaked the Facebook conversation implicating Assistant Minister of Education Fidelis Molao and Sebina Councillor Kemmonye Amon in the Sebina sex scandal.
In a confirmatory Affidavit before the courts, Nonofo Dichabe the Crime Intelligence Branch, Cyber Forensics Unit said based on the evidence found during analysis, it concludes that Molao, Amon and Kedibonye Amon’s Facebook accounts were counterfeit and created using Molaosi’s laptop.
“Textual chats snippets have been extracted and they reflect the same chat content from the alleged Facebook conversation. The fact that the chat is textual confirms that the chat originates from the laptop I analysed,” reads an affidavit by Dichabe. He adds that the alleged conversation was found in textual form in the Pagefile.sys of the laptop’s virtual memory.
He said the words “K, I had a long talk with your old man last night. He tells me the girl’s phone…” found in the leaked conversation were also found in the laptop in textual format from a file called pagefile. He further said the complete set of the same words extracted from the laptop could have been missed out or cut when the picture was screenshot and leaked on Facebook.
The Forensic report completes the sentence to read thus; “ (sic) K, I had a long call with your old man last night. He tells me the girls’ phone was confiscated by the Matron and it has mgs from as far as 2014 showing that you have been f@#$ing this girl since she was 14 or so. WTF man. How do you expect to get out of this one? S@#* s#%* shit. Did the police get the wind of this phone? If they do u f@#*ed man.”
Furthermore, he alleged that part of the alleged conversation which reads “ok. Let’s chat later then. Good day and don’t stress too much. We can make this disappear. Everyone has a price!” was also found in the laptop in the Pagefile folder and was also found in the Facebook conversation.
On Kemmonye Amon’s account, Dichabe said it was also found to have been created, accessed and updated using Moalosi’s laptop. “Analysis shows that the account name registered for the alleged account is Kemmonye Amon with several associated parameters set for it such as short_name, vanity and the type of account.”
Dichabe said Molao’s account was also found to have been created and accessed from the laptop; “ The account name is Fidelis Mmilili Molao with a vanity URL set as fidelis.molao.”
Furthermore, he said Kedibonye Amon, the account which leaked the conversation to Facebook was also created using the same laptop. “ Information recovered also shows that Kedibonye Amon account added some photos to Facebook using the InPrivate browsing technique, “ a technique he says is a method of accessing the internet which ensures that browsing history is not saved in the internet history file.
To that end, he concluded that the accounts were created and assessed using Moalosi’s laptop which the police confiscated sometime in May.
Meanwhile, in his answering affidavit, Molaosi quashed the police analysis saying the information alleged to have been found in his laptop had no evidential value to the charge of criminal defamation he has been accused of.
He said there was no how Facebook chats sent from a mobile could find themselves in his laptop. “ …anyone who has a Facebook account can confirm this.” He argued that a chat from a mobile device (such as a smart phone, a tablet or a PDA) Facebook will identify either the actual device (and say “Sent from Samsung mobile”) or just Say sent from Mobile.
“It is however impossible for Facebook to make a mistake and say something that was sent from a laptop or desktop computer was sent from a mobile. This then makes the whole of paragraph 8 in Mr. Dichabe’s affidavit technically impossible.”
He explained that when a computer’s random access memory becomes full, the Windows system moves some of the data from the random access memory back to the hard drive, placing in the page file, which is a form of virtual memory.
He said Dichabe’s extracts did not have a date or time stamp, which means they could have been created at any time, including the time that the laptop was in his (Dichabe’s) possession. He said Dichabe also failed to provide trace of the 21 photos he said were uploaded in Kedibonye Amon’s Facebook account through the laptop.
On the creation of both Molao and Amon’s accounts, Moalosi says the police officer has also failed to provide timelines- where exactly the accounts were created, Facebook IDs and email addresses or phone numbers that might have been used to create the said accounts.
“He also provides no information as to where the said snippets were taken from nor does he present us with the times when the said photos were uploaded so we can check whether it corresponds with the actual date on which the photos were allegedly uploaded on May 5 2016. Mr. Dichabe does nothing to assist us in determining whether the said email address is there or not (facebook only works with valid email addresses) and provides no link between the names Kedibonye Amon and Amon Botshelo.”
“ From my analysis of the snippets , it shows that this information was taken from a page that had looked at the said account from another account,” he stated, explaining a snippet to be a preview of a page used when one shares the page on social media. He said instead of a simple link, users get additional information about the content behind the link. Through sharing Amon’s picture on his (Moalosi’s ) page, he says the snippet was then stored to his computer.
Furthermore, he said the snippet from Molao shows him to be friends with the Assistant Minister, something he disputes; “…it is not true because the said gentleman long blocked me in 2013. So I would not have been able to see his account. If I viewed the said account from a different account, that account should be indicated.”
Furthermore, Moalosi said the other explanation of having had Molao’s snippet in his computer is that Titose Thipe had asked him to help change his password. He said Thipe was Molao’s friend on Facebook and had viewed his (Molao) page, resulting in his laptop having the snippet.
“I admit that the expert found the two snippets whose presence I justified above, the other Kedibonye Amon is unexplainable and as a matter of fact was planted therein as I have never seen or dealt with the same account,” he concluded.