The man known as “prime evil” has been pardoned. Under South Africa’s brutal regime, Eugene de Kock led a death squad that targeted black protest leaders with torture and death in the 1980s and 1990s. He served 18 years of a 212-year sentence. De Kock begged forgiveness from some of his victims’ relatives while behind bars. Some blame the regime, not the man, saying de Kock took the fall for carrying out orders while the real culprits walked free. Where and when de Kock will be released remains veiled.