Will Shrien Dewani be discharged?

By Drum Digital
08 December 2014

The Western Cape High Court is expected to decide on Monday whether British businessman Shrien Dewani's application to be discharged of killing his wife Anni has been successful.

Dewani has been waiting almost two weeks for Deputy Judge President Jeanette Traverso to make her decision.

His legal team brought the application last month in terms of section 174 of the Criminal Procedure Act. It opens the way for a discharge if the court believed there was no credible evidence at the close of the State's case.

Dewani is on trial for allegedly plotting with shuttle taxi driver Zola Tongo and others to kill his wife Anni while they were on honeymoon on Cape Town in November 2010. He has pleaded not guilty to charges including kidnapping, murder and defeating the ends of justice.

The State alleges he conspired with others to stage the hijacking, for which he paid R15,000.

Tongo is serving an 18-year jail term and Mziwamadoda Qwabe a 25-year jail term. Xolile Mngeni was serving life in jail for firing the shot that killed Anni, but died in prison from a brain tumour on October 18.

Hotel receptionist Monde Mbolombo was granted immunity from prosecution on two charges during Mngeni's trial, but was warned he faced possible prosecution on various charges if he did not testify truthfully during Dewani's trial.

Dewani's lawyer, Francois van Zyl, argued that there was no credible evidence against his client.

Source : Sapa

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