Shrien Dewani arrives at court

2014-04-08 12:04
ANCWL members stand outside the Western Cape High Court holding placards and pictures of Anni Dewani. (Jerusha Sukhdeo-Raath, News24)

ANCWL members stand outside the Western Cape High Court holding placards and pictures of Anni Dewani. (Jerusha Sukhdeo-Raath, News24)

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Cape Town - Murder-accused Shrien Dewani arrived at the Western Cape High Court at around 11:20 on Tuesday in a police convoy.

Marked and unmarked cars drove through a side gate of the court.

Dewani was in one of the vehicles but he could not be seen through the tinted windows.

Photographers were kept at a distance from the side entrance as it was cordoned off with police tape.

Curious onlookers also missed capturing a picture of Dewani with their cellphones.


Proceedings were delayed and would get under way at 12:30, National Prosecuting Authority provincial spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila said.

Dewani was still being processed at the court, he said.

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

When he appears in court 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.

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