Fam­ily want ex-cop brought to jus­tice

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - ZELDA VEN­TER

AHMED Ti­mol’s fam­ily want for­mer se­cu­rity po­lice of­fi­cer Jan Ro­drigues to face crim­i­nal charges for his “in­volve­ment” in the anti-apartheid ac­tivist’s death 46 years ago.

He was told by ad­vo­cate Howard Var­ney, act­ing for the fam­ily, that it would be rec­om­mended to the Direc­tor of Pub­lic Prose­cu­tions that he be charged with ei­ther per­jury and ac­ces­sory af­ter the mur­der or even with the mur­der of Ti­mol if he per­sisted with his “fab­ri­ca­tion” that the ac­tivist had com­mit­ted sui­cide.

Ro­drigues con­cluded his ev­i­dence yes­ter­day in the Pre­to­ria High Court, af­ter three days of be­ing grilled about the events re­lat­ing to Ti­mol’s death.

Ro­drigues was told that all fingers pointed to the con­clu­sion that he had col­lab­o­rated with mem­bers of the for­mer se­cu­rity branch to cover up the “mur­der” of Ti­mol, by mak­ing it look like sui­cide.

Var­ney said the fab­ri­ca­tion of ev­i­dence was to cover up the fact that Ti­mol had been se­verely tor­tured and in­jured while he was in­ter­ro­gated in Septem­ber 1971.

The ad­vo­cate told Ro­drigues that he had agreed to be the “fall guy” so that in­ter­ro­gat­ing cap­tains Hans Gloy and Jo­hannes van Niek­erk and “per­haps oth­ers” had noth­ing to an­swer to.

Vaney pointed out that the pathol­o­gist who did the post-mortem on Ti­mol in 1971, noted pre-fall in­juries.

Ro­drigues has, for the first time this week, re­vealed that he was pres­sured into al­ter­ing his state­ment, but said he had re­fused to do so.

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