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South Africa judge rules police murdered anti-apartheid activist in 1971

Story from: South Africa | The Guardian

Officers from feared security branch said Ahmed Timol killed himself, but judge concludes they were responsible in historic ruling

An anti-apartheid activist who died in custody 46 years ago did not kill himself but was murdered by police officers, a South African court has said, in a historic ruling for campaigners.

The court called for an officer involved in covering up the circumstances of the 1971 death to be investigated as an accessory to murder.

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