Joao Rodrigues, apartheid-era cop charged with Ahmed Timol's death, passes away

Rodrigues' lawyer, Ben Minnaar, said that he passed away at around midnight at his home due to ill health.

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

CAPE TOWN - Former apartheid police officer Joao Rodrigues - who was charged for anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Timol's death - has died.

Rodrigues's lawyer, Ben Minnaar, confirmed on Tuesday that the police officer passed away at around midnight at his home after an illness.

"He, unfortunately, passed away in the early hours of this morning. He wasn't well for the last couple of months, he spent some time in hospital as well and he was at home at the time, recovering, and unfortunately, he took a turn for the worst and he passed on last night," Minnaar said.

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At the time of his death, Rodrigues was still trying to have his prosecution for Timol’s death permanently stayed.

Rodrigues took the matter to the Constitutional Court, after his application for leave to appeal was rejected in the Supreme Court of Appeal.

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