PRETORIA – Two independent forensic pathologists have concluded that Ahmed Timol was probably assaulted before he fell to his death, which confirms claims he was beaten by security police.

The evidence has emerged in the inquest into Timol’s death which is being heard in the High Court in Pretoria.

The anti-apartheid activist plunged from the 10th floor of the John Vorster Square Police Station in 1971, with the police claiming that he committed suicide.

Doctor Shakeera Holland says that Timol sustained numerous injuries which were inconsistent with a fall from a height.

“The multiple injuries that were present on the body of the deceased which could not be ascribed to the fall from a height indicate that the deceased sustained physical assault while in police custody, prior to his death.”

Professor Steve Naidoo suggested that the non-fall related wounds were the result of an assault.

“They’re not like what was suggested in the original inquest, brushing against the wall or falling against a corner. I believe that it was a fall caused by multiple applications of force.”

A fall trajectory expert is expected to testify on Thursday.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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