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2005-08-19 10:33:08

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Former South African security policeman Gideon Nieuwoudt, who commanded the torture of anti-apartheid hero Steve Biko, has died at the age of 54 from cancer, SABC radio reported on Friday. Nieuwoudt was notorious as one of the apartheid government's most sinister operatives and was connected with several infamous cases which exposed the white government's brutality toward its political opponents. "Nieuwoudt was feared by the people that he interrogated,...


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baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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