The High Court in Pretoria delivered a judgment that Ahmed
Timol did not commit suicide.
According to the court, Timol died after being tortured and
pushed from a window by security branch police officers.
On Thursday, the court overturned a 40-year-old inquest ruling
that endorsed the cops' version that Timol jumped to his death.
While Timol's death on 27 October, 1971, was ruled a
suicide, a private investigation launched by the Timol family into his death
uncovered new evidence which was presented to the National Prosecuting
The NPA agreed to reopen an inquest conducted in 1972, which
had ruled that Timol had killed himself and had not been brutally murdered by
the apartheid security branch police while he was in detention.
The inquest, which was the first of its kind in recent
years, began in June and completed its hearings in August.