Dewani family asks media to respect privacy

2014-04-08 13:02
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Shrien Dewani arrives in court

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Cape Town - Family members of honeymoon murder accused Shrien Dewani arrived in the Western Cape High Court shortly after noon on Tuesday.

Dewani's brother Preyen Dewani spoke to British Consulate representatives outside the courtroom.

"Members of the British Consulate in Cape Town are here to provide consular support to Shrien Dewani's family," said a consulate spokesperson who did not want to be named.

"They [Dewani's family] have asked for the media to respect their privacy."

Dewani landed at Cape Town International Airport earlier on Tuesday on a private aircraft.

He is expected to be charged with conspiracy to commit murder and defeating the ends of justice.

Dewani claimed he and his wife Anni were kidnapped at gunpoint as they drove through Gugulethu in Cape Town in a taxi in November 2010.

The couple had been on honeymoon in the country. He was released unharmed, but his wife's body was found in the abandoned car the next day. She had been shot dead.

Xolile Mngeni was convicted of the murder and jailed for life. Prosecutors allege Dewani hired him to kill his wife.

Two other alleged accomplices are also already serving jail terms in connection with the crime. Dewani has denied any part in the murder.

The case has been postponed until 12 May and Dewani will be remanded at Valkenberg Hospital until then.

- SAPA
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