Friday 19 January 2018

I will help solve wife murder, says new husband

Aislinn Laing and John Bingham in London

The husband of a honeymooner murdered in a carjacking in South Africa has said the country was the "last place in the world" he wanted to go back to.

But Shrien Dewani (31) has told friends he would be prepared to return if it helped bring his Swedish-born wife Anni's killers to justice.

Mrs Dewani's family have called on the British millionaire businessman to fly back to Cape Town, where she was kidnapped and shot dead two weeks ago, to help take the police investigation forward.

Despite rumours that he would return there to take part in an identification parade of three suspects this weekend, he has remained in Britain.

Mr Dewani, from Bristol, is said to be resting at home, having been given sedatives by a doctor, as he comes to terms with the death of his wife.

The couple, who married in a "fairytale" wedding in India earlier this month, were staying in Cape Town after going on a honeymoon safari, when the attack happened in a township on November 13.

Mr Dewani was sitting next to his wife in the back seat of a chauffeur-driven car when two armed men ambushed them as they passed through the crime-ridden township.

He and Zola Tongo, the chauffeur, were forcibly ejected from the car before the pair made off with Mrs Dewani. By the time the car was found, Mrs Dewani had been shot dead.

Last week, police charged Mr Tongo and two other men with murder and robbery, amid speculation that the attack was a "planned hit".

PR guru Max Clifford, who is representing Mr Dewani, dismissed unsubstantiated reports that police are treating him as a possible suspect as "foul rumour and murky claims".


He said that he had not been asked to return to South Africa, but indicated that he would do so if asked.

"The last place in the world he wants to go to is Cape Town for reasons which I think any reasonable person would understand," Mr Clifford said.

"He has made it very clear that he wants to help in any way he can to get the murderers who were responsible for this terrible murder.

"If him going back there helps to bring them to justice that's what he would have to do, of course he never wants to see the place again. Have the South African police approached him and asked him to go back? No.

"They have made one statement and that is that he is not a suspect," the PR specialist added. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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