S. African police killed activist, court finds
JOHANNESBURG — An anti-apartheid activist who died in 1971 was tortured and killed by South African police, a court said Thursday, a landmark decision that raised hopes that dozens of similar cases would be investigated.
The court found that Ahmed Timol did not kill himself by jumping from a 10th-floor window, as authorities said at the time. An inquest found that Timol was murdered after his arrest and transfer to a Johannesburg police station.
Timol was one of 73 political detainees who died in police custody in South Africa between 1963 and 1990. The country’s system of white-minority rule ended in the early 1990s.