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Ahmed Timol’s exact time of death remains undetermined

Police claimed he died in the afternoon but two witnesses have now testified that the incident happened in the morning.

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

PRETORIA - It appears Ahmed Timol’s exact time of death will remain undetermined following inconclusive testimony from a forensic pathologist during the inquest into his death on Thursday.

The anti-apartheid activist fell from the 10th floor of the John Vorster Square Police Station in 1971 and the security branch claimed he committed suicide.

They also claimed he died in the afternoon but two witnesses have now testified that the incident happened in the morning.

Businessman Abdullah Adam says his boss called him at his tea time about a commotion at the police station where he later saw Timol’s body.

“My tea break was around 10am and I’m 100% sure about the time.”

This evidence contradicts the official time of death.

Forensic pathologists Steve Naidoo was asked to provide clarity.

“On the basis of the available medical evidence, there’s no way to make that distinction as to whether Timol had died in the early part of the day or the latter part of the day.”

The inquest resumes next week.

WATCH: Inquest into Ahmed Timol’s death resumes

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)