South Africa defers parole decision on 'Prime Evil' apartheid killer

July 10, 2014 11:26 AM

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South Africa defers parole decision on 'Prime Evil' apartheid killer

PRETORIA (Reuters) - South Africa delayed making a politically sensitive parole decision on Thursday for apartheid death-squad leader Eugene de Kock, dubbed 'Prime Evil' for torturing and murdering black activists in the 1980s and early 1990s.

Justice Minister Michael Masutha told a news conference that de Kock, who has become eligible for parole after 20 years behind bars, had "made progress" towards rehabilitation but said the families of his victims had not been properly consulted.

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