Shrien Dewani arrested in UK

2010-12-08 06:58
London - A British businessman has been arrested at the request of South African authorities on suspicion of conspiring to have his Swedish bride murdered while on honeymoon, police said on Wednesday.

Shrien Dewani, 30, surrendered himself to authorities in Bristol, southwest England, late on Tuesday and was detained by London police in connection with the killing of his wife in Cape Town.

He is accused of hatching a plot to murder Anni Dewani, 28, who was killed after the car in which the pair was travelling was reportedly hijacked on the outskirts of Cape Town on November 13.

"Officers from the Metropolitan Police Service's Extradition Unit have... arrested Shrien Prakash Dewani, 30, on behalf of the South African authorities," said a statement from the London force.

Sensational twist

It noted the allegation against him: "On 13 November 2010, in Cape Town, South Africa, conspired with others to murder Anni Dewani."

He was due to appear in a London court later on Wednesday.

Shrien Dewani's alleged involvement in the murder emerged in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday, marking a sensational twist in the killing of his young wife whose bullet-riddled body was found in an impoverished township neighbourhood.

He returned to Britain days after the incident in which he was unharmed and has denied involvement, but the court heard allegations he connived with a taxi driver to stage a robbery and have his wife shot dead.

Three men were originally charged with the murder but as part of a plea bargain the High Court in Cape Town heard one of the accused allege that the husband ordered the killing.

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