Ahmed Timol murder case postponed, accused to seek stay of prosecution

2018-10-15 16:38
Former security branch police officer, sergeant Joao 'Jan' Rodrigues in court. (File, News24)

Former security branch police officer, sergeant Joao 'Jan' Rodrigues in court. (File, News24)

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The case of former security branch policeman Joao Rodrigues, who is accused of being involved in the murder of anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Timol in 1971, was postponed on Monday.

The case was set down for pre-trial proceedings but Rodrigues' legal team, headed by advocate Jaap Cilliers SC, indicated that he intended to apply for a permanent stay of prosecution.

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Judge Ramarumo Monama asked for all applications to be submitted by Friday.

Monama previously said the matter was 47 years old and "needs to be attended to as quickly as possible".

Last year, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria found that Timol died at the hands of the apartheid security branch police while in detention.

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It found that Timol did not commit suicide, as was previously reported, but "died as a result of having been pushed to fall, an act which was committed by members of the Security Branch with dolus eventualis as a form of intent, and prima facie amounting to murder".

Rodrigues is currently out on bail.

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