Pretoria - Former apartheid police officer Joao Rodrigues on Wednesday lost another application he had filed in an attempt to have his prosecution for the murder of anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Timol stayed.
Rodrigues' initial application for a permanent stay of prosecution application filed in 2018 was dismissed at the South Gauteng High Court in June.
"This is a significant victory not only for Ahmed Timol’s late parents, but all victims of apartheid-era crimes," nephew of Ahmed Timol, Imtiaz Cajee said.
In his second dismissed application, Rodrigues had argued that the court misdirected itself by instituting criminal proceedings against him 47 years after the incident, which he believes infringes on his right to a fair trial.
He also argued that the judge failed to consider the deliberate political interference at the highest political level, which caused the substantial delay.