PRETORIA – The High Court in Pretoria has ordered that the last security branch officer to see Ahmed Timol alive be investigated for murder as an accessory after the fact and perjury.
Judge Billy Mothle ruled that the anti-apartheid activist was severely assaulted and tortured before being pushed from a window to his death in 1971.
The original inquest in 1972 endorsed the police’s version that Timol had committed suicide and absolved the officers involved in the murder.
Mothle rejected the evidence of former security branch sergeant Jan Roderigues.
“Rodrigues on his own version participated in the cover-up to conceal the crime of murder as an accessory after the fact and went on to commit perjury by presenting contradictory evidence before the 1972 and the 2017 inquest. He should accordingly be investigated with a view to his prosecution.”
Mothle says the evidence reveals that Timol was tortured from the day he was arrested until he was murdered.
The judge says the way his death was investigated reveals a clear cover-up by the security branch.
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