Sunday 18 February 2018

Husband faces further questions in honeymoon murder case

Shrien Dewani and his wife Anni Dewani who was murdered in Cape Town. Photo: PA
Shrien Dewani and his wife Anni Dewani who was murdered in Cape Town. Photo: PA

Aislinn Laing in Johannesbourg

The family of a woman murdered in an apparent carjacking in South Africa urged police last night not to rule out her husband -- or anyone else -- in their investigation.

Police in South Africa suggested that Shrien Dewani (30), could face further questions over the honeymoon death of his wife Anni (28), who was abducted and shot dead by robbers in Cape Town this month.

Mrs Dewani's family challenged her husband to fly back to the country to help take the investigation forward.

It also emerged that one of South Africa's most high-profile lawyers had flown to Britain to meet Mr Dewani, after being appointed to represent him.

Mr Dewani, a businessman from Westbury-on-Trym, near Bristol, and his Swedish-born wife were relaxing in Cape Town after their wedding in India when the attack happened on November 13.

Smashed

They were in a taxi driven by Zola Tongo, a local chauffeur, when two men smashed a window and forced their way in as they passed through the township of Gugulethu. The driver and Mr Dewani were thrown out. Mrs Dewani's body was found several hours later in the back of the car.

Mr Dewani said that any suggestion that he was involved in the crime "defies logic".

Police have already charged three South African men with murder and robbery, including Mr Tongo, the driver. But a South African police source hinted that there could be more arrests to come.

Asked whether speculation in South Africa that detectives might want to question Mr Dewani further was incorrect, he replied: "No".

Members of Mrs Dewani's Swedish family, including her uncle, Ashok Hindocha, are urging police not to rule out anyone or anything.

It emerged yesterday that Billy Gun-d-el-finger, a celebrity divorce lawyer but also a specialist in criminal cases, was in London to meet Mr Dewani.

Sources in South Africa said he was expected back in the country as early as tomorrow. Mr Dewani has also appointed Max Clifford, the publicist, to represent him. (© The Daily Telegraph)

Irish Independent

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