Judge rules anti-Apartheid activist was pushed to his death by police

Ahmed Timol
Ahmed Timol

source: The Telegraph
published: 12 October 2017

A judge has set aside a dubious, 45-year-old finding into the purported suicide of an anti-Apartheid activist, ruling on Thursday that he was tortured and killed by South African police.

The landmark decision opens the door to dozens of new criminal cases against the captors of anti-Apartheid activists who died in detention.

Ahmed Timol did not jump from the 10th floor of what was then John Vorster Square Police Station on October 27 1971, Judge Billy Mothle determined.

Instead, members of the security branch, police tasked with investigating anti-Apartheid groups such as the African National Congress and its ally the South African Communist Party, tortured Timol and then pushed him out of room 1026 or from the building’s roof.

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