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.

  • GV - 2010-12-08 07:08

    Be afraid. Be very afraid, and pray that you don't have to spend time in a South African prison.

      suhelen123 - 2010-12-08 07:15

      No, I think that is exactly what he deserves. He can spend some quality time with his co-accused and really get to know them. Its the least that he deserves should he be found guilty. Why should he go to a "nice prison".

      Bee80 - 2010-12-08 07:41

      Its about time people learn that South African police are doing something, Dewani thought he wasnt gonna get caught because they think Africans are dumb and stupid its pay back time I wish he spend his life in jail

      molefeP - 2010-12-08 07:42

      Papa wag vir jou Mr. Dewani!

      phillipswa - 2010-12-08 07:53

      Yes, i hope he likes prison food...........................and penis.

  • Valkerie - 2010-12-08 07:10

    Her "bullet-riddled" body? I read she had sustained a single gunshot to the neck? May we please check on the reports again?

      Nadja v Emme - 2010-12-08 07:36

      also as far as all the reports have said it was a single bullet wound to the neck, not "bullet-riddled"...

      Dan - 2010-12-08 07:44

      Just rubbish sensation seeking jurnalism again. Really pathetic, but what do you expect from smut papers paying to report on sexual affairs of the likes of Joost, Steve Hofmeyer, etc. Can't wait to see what the Huisgenoot is going to do with this story. Maybe that Weideman bitch will also pay Dewani for some hot and steamy sex photo's of their honeymoon. SA journalism makes me sick.

      SihleM - 2010-12-08 07:48

      I also thought it was a single gunshot to the neck, now I'm confused.

      cervezab - 2010-12-08 07:58

      and also the "sensational twist" makes this sound like a movie review and not serious news, and the "impoverished township" reporters like to throw around in this story makes me wonder when Khayelitsha was a rich/middle class neighborhood

  • betweenu&me - 2010-12-08 07:10

    I wonder what Anni's parents are thinking?

  • Leepile - 2010-12-08 07:12

    heartless m**f**r!!!!! - 2010-12-08 07:47

      Who are you? Leepile is my last name. If you are not from Maf-town, then dont answer.

  • Will99 - 2010-12-08 07:14

    I must admit that this was the quickest I have ever seen a case been done since the incident to confession and sentence. Well done!

  • April - 2010-12-08 07:15

    My prayers go out to Anni's family. This is a dreadful turn of events for them.

  • Kevin Walker - 2010-12-08 07:18

    This reminds me of an incident about 9yrs ago when a dentist from Kempton Park was also convicted for the the alleged conspiracy and planning of his wife's murder. He too had hired hit-men to do the job for him, and later the woman's body was found in the boot of her car.The dentist was equally found guilty for his part of the planned murder, and is serving time equal to that of the hit-men that did the job! So I don't see why Shrein Dewani shouldn't be prosecuted and have to serve time equal to that of the dentist..... Lets hope that justice prevails here and this bankrupt businessman gets his time in a really good prison where more that just pistol shot holes are left in his body.

  • BlackSwan - 2010-12-08 07:21

    I recall this statement just yesterday:“totally absurd and insane”, his publicist Max Clifford said on Tuesday. Quick turn-around, but then we always suspected his involvement. Let's hope he has to spend time in a SA prison for the damage he did to the image of the country

      Jane - 2010-12-08 07:46

      I heard Max Clifford very convincing 'he is not involved' yesterday! I wonder what Max Clifford is going to say now ....

  • Proudly SA - 2010-12-08 07:22

    It is absolutley hoorific what he has alledgedly done and trust courts will follow process unhindered and there will be no chance of another rich man with expensive lawyers creating doubt on minor technicalities as iin number of recent SA cases. I also hope he is not politically connected in SA. It is very sad that South Africans are so easily pulled into these schemes for so little - really barbaric and greedy and needs to stopped through proper job creation and responsible leadership.

  • BlackSwan - 2010-12-08 07:23

    But then again - he will probably spend it in hospital due to ill-health, just like some other pillars of society

      Ixian - 2010-12-08 07:35

      Really, for murder?

  • O'Mally - 2010-12-08 07:24

    Well done South African Police services. This may now, in some respect have a positive spinoff for the reputation of South Africa. All we need now is a speedy conviction. Evil occurs all over the world by people of various backgrounds, cultures and nationalities.

      GB - 2010-12-08 07:54

      It bothers me how quick the South African Police are patted on the back for this. I think its disgraceful that this case makes them "shine". What about all the poor ordinary South Africans that have lost their lives to crime etc.. why havent their cases been seen and heard with such passion. South Africa's reputation and legal system are pathetic!

      Subzer0 - 2010-12-08 08:01

      Could not have said it better.

  • AgentM - 2010-12-08 07:27

    I hope he gets exactly what he deserves! What a completely evil thing to have done.. I just hope this sets the standard for criminal prosecution in this country, or is that hoping for too much?

  • Zoolie - 2010-12-08 07:30

    Pappa wag vir jou

  • Myrle - 2010-12-08 07:33

    I knew as soon as I heard of the murder that he was implicated

  • Proudly_SA - 2010-12-08 07:34

    what the hell was he thinking did he honestly think that he would get away with it, also it just shows what kind of people we have here in south africa who are stupid enough to murder and think they can get away with it

      Subzer0 - 2010-12-08 08:02

      They walk amongs us.

  • Johnboy - 2010-12-08 07:35

    Great stuff.Now sunny SA has another tourist attraction angle: get your irritating spouse murdered while enjoying sunny skies and a safari!!

  • JMan - 2010-12-08 07:35

    People..he hasn't been proven guilty much as he deserves to rot in (a SA) jail if found guilty, we shouldn't jump to conclusions just yet.

  • Stephen - 2010-12-08 07:39

    Well Shrien cant wait to see you this side and visiting Bubba in jail, to the police well done, but can you not start solving the farm murders so quickly as well ??

  • Zoolie - 2010-12-08 07:45

    What i dont get, is, why on your honeymoon ? were you so despirate for money. Something is still not gelling to my likes.

  • Wow! - 2010-12-08 07:45

    When this case sticks I will believe it. Before that time I suspect a Police conspiracy - they have done that before.

  • KJB - 2010-12-08 07:48

    I have just read comments which amount to the usual trial by media. The man has been arrested on 'suspicion' of been involved based on a plea bargain. However should it be proved, I also agree with the comments posted but please let the courts do their work and confirm our trust in our our judicial system. If UK police are also involved maybe we will be able to revive our confidence in our own police. But why can we not have this amount of involvement on every murder in SA?

  • Dan - 2010-12-08 07:51

    Dewani must be the stupidist sod out there. The way he acted directly after the murder and his crazy conflicting statements afterwards had all the fingers pointed at him. It is only the SA Police Service that could have allowed him to go back to the UK. Any other country would have revoked his travel documents - but then again this is South Africa and Shabir Shaick is still dying while shopping in his X5 BMW. It took a state witness to convince the police that all the evidence in front of them are actually really pointing towards Dewani. The public knew it all along. I hope this dude gets his time in a SA prison. He will be a lovely bitch to some very hungry savages.

  • Loey - 2010-12-08 07:51

    Funny this - I don;t believe a word of it! The SA Police were out to protect tourism from word dot on this one...its so easy to tell the driver to go with this version of events. If there are indeed text messages between him and the husband, then great and I retract...but want to see proof of ANY of this before I slam Dewani.

  • Mlungisi - 2010-12-08 07:54

    The whole of Cape Town were so shocked when we had the news, I thought he chose a wrong place maybe if he tried some other place he might have got away with it. Let wait and see the outcomes of the court-case, if he is found guilty then, papa is waiting for him in Pollsmoor.

  • Stollie - 2010-12-08 07:58

    bullet riddled? i thought she had one gunshot wound to the back of her neck?

  • Pieter - 2010-12-08 07:58

    now her body was bullet riddled? i thought she had a gunshot wound to her neck?

  • jcbenj - 2010-12-08 08:01

    Just wondering how long this whole procedure is going to take: a year, 2 years...and then he hopefully goes to prison and after 6 months is free due to health conditions....

  • Neal - 2010-12-08 08:05

    I agree with JMan. The story seemed fishy right from the start but what if the husband isn't guilty? Trial by public opinion is wrong. Let the Justice System do its job. Every man is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

  • Born2care - 2010-12-08 08:06

    It makes NO difference whether her body was "bullet-riddled" or not. She is gone forever, and her loved-ones are the ones who are suffering for it. May God be with them and give them peace in this very sad time. As for the husband - he has to live with what he has done until he dies.

  • Born2care - 2010-12-08 08:09

    It makes NO difference whether Anni's body was "bullet-riddled" or not. She is gone and nothing will bring her back.Her loved ones are the ones who are suffering the most. May God give them peace in this very sad time. As for the husband - he knows what he has done and he is the one who has to live with it for the rest of his life.

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