South Africa prosecutors urged to act in apartheid-era death

The family of a South African anti-apartheid activist who was tortured and killed by police in 1971 is pushing state prosecutors to act against three former police officers linked to the murder.

Ahmed Timol's family said Thursday that it does not want vengeance and would back plea bargains by the elderly men as long as they tell the truth about a case that was ruled a suicide at the time.

A judge last year overturned that ruling and found that Timol was murdered after his arrest and transfer to a Johannesburg police station where opponents of white minority rule were often held. The judge said one former officer should be prosecuted for allegedly being an accessory to murder, while all three men should be investigated for alleged perjury.