Another suspicious suicide

"Oh no,"cried an editorial in the Rand Daily Mail last week, "not again!" The South African newspaper had good reason for its dismay. In the same Port Elizabeth police building where Political Activist Stephen Biko was held for four days last September before his highly suspicious death from a supposedly self-inflicted bump on the head (TIME, Sept. 26 et seq.), another black prisoner died under curious circumstances. According to police, the prisoner leaped without warning to his death through an open fifth-floor window during a security police interrogation. When announcing the incident, Minister of Justice James T....

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