JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Photographic evidence presented a commission of inquiry in South Africa indicates police may have altered the scene and planted weapons after they shot dead 34 striking miners in August.
Photos taken during the day were presented against photos taken of the same bodies at night. Capt. Apollo Mohlaki said Monday that his night photographs show more weapons around the bodies than those taken during the day. Video evidence shown Monday also indicated that some of the slain miners may have been handcuffed.
The national police commissioner says she has launched an investigation.
Human rights lawyer George Bizos said the evidence clearly shows there was an attempt to “defeat the ends of justice.”
Violence during nearly six weeks of strikes at Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mine northwest of Johannesburg killed 46 people.
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