8 Crime Intelligence officers arrested for allegedly killing a suspect in police custody

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  • Eight Crime Intelligence officers have been arrested for allegedly murdering a suspect.
  • The suspect was certified dead at the Protea police station on 23 February.
  • The suspect was arrested for being in possession of an unlicensed firearm and dagga.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) has arrested eight Crime Intelligence officers for allegedly torturing and murdering a suspect in a police station.

The suspect was being interrogated for being in possession of an unlicensed firearm and dagga.

The officers claimed the suspect had a seizure and collapsed.

IPID spokesperson Ndileka Cola said the suspect died in the Protea police station.

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Cola added on 23 February at around 21:00, officers from Soweto's Crime Intelligence Gathering Unit booked out three suspects from Lenasia police station to Protea police station.

"It is alleged that officers interrogated the first suspect, while they were busy interviewing him, he collapsed due to seizure. Paramedics were called and certified him dead. Officers then took the two remaining suspects back to Lenasia police cells in the early hours of 24 February."

IPID later reconstructed the crime scene to establish the facts.

Cola said IPID was yet to appoint a private pathologist to get a second opinion on the actual cause of death. 


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