26 June: 4 Years since Opening of Ahmed Timol Inquest



Saturday, 26 of June 2017, marks four years since the historic re-opening of the Ahmed Timol Inquest at the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg.

READ HERE: Opening Address by Howard Varney on behalf of the Timol family:

Court proceedings then moved to the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria for logistical purposes where evidence was heard from forensic pathologists, trajectory specialists and witnesses who testified about the torture of political detainees.  
READ HERE: 1972 and 2017 Inquest Records https://www.ahmedtimol.co.za/ahmed-timol-2017-inquest/

The inquest concluded on 12 October 2017 with Judge Mothle reversing the 1972 verdict from Ahmed Timol committing suicide to have been murdered in police detention. Joao Roderigues was to be investigated for his role in the murder of Timol. He was charged on 30 July 2018 and released on bail of two thousand rands. His  first court appearance for his criminal trial was 18 September 2018.

To date, Roderigues criminal trial has not commenced. In May 2019, The Full Bench of the South Gauteng High Court dismissed his application for a permanent stay of prosecution. Roderigues’s legal team then petitioned the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein. The application was heard virtually on 6 November 2020. On Monday this week, 21 June 2021, the SCA dismissed his appeal, but granted leave to apppeal to the Constitutional Court.





Roderigues heads back to the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg on Monday, 12 July 2021 at 10:00 for his 19th court appearance for his criminal trial.

Timol’s nephew, Imtiaz Ahmed Cajee has been the driving force behind fighting tor justice for his Uncle, Ahmed Timol. In 2005, he published a biography on Timol titled, TIMOL – A QUEST FOR JUSTICE.  Cajee’s second book titled The Murder of Ahmed Timol – My Search for the Truth  was published in June 2020. The book has been shortlisted for the Sunday Times CNA Literary Awards 2021 longlists.
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