Former apartheid police officer Joao Rodrigues is set to make another appearance at the Johannesburg High Court sitting at the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court in Germiston.
He is facing charges relating to the death of anti-apartheid activist, Ahmed Timol. Rodrigues was charged with premeditated murder in 2018 after the reopening of an inquest into Timol’s death on October 27, 1971.
Police said that Timol had died of injuries suffered when he threw himself out the window from the 10th floor of John Vorster Square police station where he was interrogated and allegedly tortured. However, Timol’s family dispute that he would have committed suicide. This week marks the 49th anniversary of Timol’s death.
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