S. African po­lice killed ac­tivist, court finds

The Dallas Morning News - - Nation&world -

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.

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