Joao Rodriques heads to SCA to stave off prosecution in Ahmed Timol murder case

South Africa

Johannesburg – The Supreme Court of Appeal is expected to hear an application on Friday morning by the man accused of murdering anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Timol.

Former security branch officer, Joao Rodrigues, is seeking leave to appeal an order made by the High Court in Johannesburg last year, dismissing his permanent stay of prosecution.

Rodrigues faced a premeditated murder charge two years ago after the inquest into the death of Timol was reopened in 2017.

Another inquest held more than 40 years ago, found that Timol committed suicide.

Timol’s nephew, Imtiaz Cajee, said that it had been a long and emotional journey.

“It’s a very significant day and it’s been a long and painful journey. Judge Mothle issued the verdict for the inquest on the 12th of October 2017 and more than three years later the criminal trial of Joao Rodrigues has not commenced.”

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