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South Africa looks again at anti-apartheid activist's death


Added 01-20-20 06:22:02am EST - “South Africa has opened an inquest into the death of an anti-apartheid activist in police custody nearly four decades ago as pressure for justice in similar cases continues.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “South Africa looks again at anti-apartheid activist’s death”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - South Africa has opened an inquest into the death of an anti-apartheid activist in police custody nearly four decades ago as pressure for justice in similar cases continues.

Dr. Neil Aggett’s body was found hanging in the cells of the John Vorster police station in Johannesburg, which was infamous for the torture and deaths of activists fighting the oppressive racist system of apartheid.

An inquest cleared police of wrongdoing in the 1982 death and concluded that Aggett had killed himself. His family and human rights lawyers have long disagreed and called for another investigation into his death.

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This case follows the groundbreaking one of Ahmed Timol, an anti-apartheid activist who also died in police detention at the same police station in 1971. Police claimed he jumped to his death, while his family argued he was tortured and killed.

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