'Prime Evil' in new bid for freedom

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Johannesburg - Lawyers for apartheid-era assassin Eugene de Kock have launched a new court bid for him to be considered for parole, the SABC reported on Wednesday.

De Kock's lawyer Julian Knight told the SABC the application would challenge Justice and Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha's decision to delay De Kock's parole by a year.

Earlier this month, Masutha announced that De Kock would have to wait another year before his application for parole was reconsidered - to allow the families of his victims to be consulted.

De Kock was in charge of a police “death squad” at Vlakplaas, outside Pretoria, and was arrested in mid-1994. He was convicted and sentenced in the High Court in Pretoria in 1996.

He was sentenced to two terms of life imprisonment for six murders and to a further 212 years' imprisonment on charges including conspiracy to commit murder, culpable homicide, kidnapping, assault, and fraud.

Now aged 65, De Kock has currently served 18 years in prison.

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