Ahmed Timol

Apartheid activist Ahmed Timol‚ died on October 27 1971 in police custody at the Johannesburg Central Police Station. An inquest was held in 1972 and the magistrate court in Johannesburg found that he had committed suicide. However‚ the Timol family approached the National Prosecuting Authority with information that was not available to the magistrate in 1972. Advocate Howard Varney‚ for the Timol family‚ told the high court in Johannesburg that the family was seeking a different finding to that made in 1972. He said the magistrate court ignored key forensic evidence that exonerated police from wrongdoing. 'We will demonstrate that the police manufactured a version to cover the truth. We will argue that the magistrate disgraced the judicial profession and the legal profession.'.