Timol advocate: Suicide story a fabrication to cover up murder

Advocate Howard Varney highlighted differences in the various versions provided by Rodrigues and other officers.

FILE: Ahmed Timol. Picture: ahmedtimol.co.za

PRETORIA - Ahmed Timol’s family advocate has told the High Court he will argue that the story about the suicide is just that a security branch fabrication to cover up for a murder.

The comments were made during the cross-examination of former security branch sergeant Jan Rodrigues who is testifying in the inquest into Timol’s death.

The anti-apartheid activist died in 1971 after falling from the 10th floor of the John Vorster Square Police Station. The inquest in 1972 endorsed the police’s version that Timol had taken his own life.

Jan Roderigues has persisted with his version of events that while guarding Timol, the visibly shocked detainee asked to go to the toilet before darting towards a window, opening it and diving out.

Advocate Howard Varney put it to Rodrigues that this entire version about a suicide is a fabrication of the security police.

The advocate told the court he will argue that Roderigues is playing along.

Varney highlighted differences in the various versions provided by Rodrigues and other officers saying this is because it’s difficult to maintain consistency in a fabrication.

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(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)