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Lack of Evidence Ends Biko Murder Case

The five policemen who were accused of killing anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko in 1977 won’t be prosecuted because of insufficient evidence, justice ministry officials said Tuesday. A murder charge could not be supported in part because there were no witnesses to the killing, officials said. Charges of culpable homicide and assault were also considered, but because the killing of the black consciousness movement leader occurred in 1977, the time frame for prosecution had lapsed. “We can only prosecute if there is sufficient evidence to justify the charge, but there is not enough evidence … If at a later stage new evidence emerged that cleared the problems we’ve had, we would reconsider our decision. With a matter like this, we can’t leave it hanging, we must have finality,” said Chris MacAdam, a lawyer for the National Prosecuting Authority. Full Story

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