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Court dismisses Joao Rodrigues bid for stay of prosecution in Timol murder

The High Court in Johannesburg has dismissed Joao Rodrigues's bid for a permanent stay of prosecution in the Ahmed Timol murder matter.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Ahmed Timol murder-accused Joao Rodrigues will now stand trial for his death.

The High Court in Johannesburg has dismissed Rodrigues's application not to face charges for the death of the anti-apartheid activist in 1971.

Rodrigues's lawyer Advocate Jaap Cilliers had argued that his client should benefit from amnesty as the killing should be considered as politically motivated.

In 2017, the Pretoria High Court overturned the inquest which found that Timol's death was a suicide.

The judge handed down the verdict on Monday morning.

Meanwhile, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) welcomed the ruling by the High Court, saying it would set the tone for other apartheid cases that come to court.