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Timol family wants former cop charged, investigated for murder

After nearly a month of evidence, closing arguments in the inquest into the anti-apartheid activist’s death concluded in Pretoria on Thursday.

FILE: Jan Rodrigues testifies during the Ahmed Timol inquest on 1 August 2017. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

PRETORIA - Ahmed Timol’s family has asked the High Court to recommend that the former security branch officer linked to his death be investigated and prosecuted on a charge of murder.

After nearly a month of evidence, closing arguments in the inquest into the anti-apartheid activist’s death concluded in Pretoria on Thursday.

Timol fell to his death in 1972 but the security branch claimed he had taken his own life by jumping from the 10th floor of the John Vorster Square Police Station.

Timol family advocate Howard Varney says that a case has been made for the reversal of the original inquest finding that Timol took his own life.

He argued that the evidence of former security branch sergeant Jan Rodrigues, who claims to have witnessed Timol leap out the window, is wholly unreliable.

“He should be investigated on charges of murder, accessory after the fact and perjury. We say murder because of his role in the orchestration of Timol’s death. We suggest accessory after the fact because of his role in the cover up which persists to this very day.”

The police's advocate Stephanus Coetzee argued that the court should make an inconclusive finding as to who was responsible for Timol’s death.