Private investigator says police's claim about Timol's death doesn’t hold water

Security police claimed that a Mr X entered the room where Ahmed Timol was held and spoke to him, which startled the detainee prompting him to leap from the window.

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PRETORIA - The High Court in Pretoria has heard the security police’s claim that Ahmed Timol committed suicide after being startled by comments made by an undercover agent is a fabrication to cover up the crime.

Timol plunged to his death from the 10th floor of the John Vorster Police Station in 1971. Police claimed he took his own life but the liberation activist’s family say he was murdered.

The security police claimed that a Mr X entered the room where Ahmed Timol was held and spoke to him, which startled the detainee prompting him to leap from the window.

It’s understood a statement was not taken from this Mr X because the police claimed he was an undercover agent.

But private investigator Frank Dutton says this doesn't hold water.

“The undercover agent never goes to a police building or to a police office because of the danger of it blowing his cover. I wonder whether Mr X actually existed.”

Dutton believes this version was concocted to cover-up Timol’s murder.

SAME CONCLUSION

On Wednesday, two independent forensic pathologists concluded that Timol was probably assaulted before he fell to his death, which confirms claims he was beaten by security police.

Doctor Shakeera Holland said that Timol sustained numerous injuries which were inconsistent with a fall from a height.

“The multiple injuries that were present on the body of the deceased which could not be ascribed to the fall from a height indicate that the deceased sustained physical assault while in police custody, prior to his death.”

Professor Steve Naidoo suggested that the non-fall related wounds were the result of an assault.

“They’re not like what was suggested in the original inquest, brushing against the wall or falling against a corner. I believe that it was a fall caused by multiple applications of force.”

A fall trajectory expert is expected to testify on Thursday.

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