Dewani 'middleman' will not be prosecuted - NPA

2015-11-19 17:10
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Cape Town - Hotel receptionist and "middleman" , Monde Mbolombo, will not be prosecuted for his alleged involvement in Anni Hindocha’s murder, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said on Thursday.

Western Cape Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Rodney de Kock made this decision on October 7, said provincial NPA spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila.

He said De Kock was called upon to consider whether Mbolombo should face prosecution following two conflicting pronouncements on his indemnity.

Anni’s husband Shrien Dewani was accused of plotting with others to kill his wife during their honeymoon in Cape Town in November 2010.

In December last year, Judge Jeanette Traverso discharged him and he returned to the United Kingdom a free man.

Alleged accomplices Zola Tongo, Mziwamadoda Qwabe and Xolile Mngeni were not so lucky and ended up with various jail terms before Dewani stood trial.

Mbolombo testified in Mngeni’s trial in 2012. Presiding Judge Robert Henney granted him indemnity from prosecution on two charges - conspiracy to commit murder and illegal possession of ammunition.

Ntabazalila said he did, therefore, not "run the risk" of being prosecuted when he testified in Dewani’s trial last year.
Despite this, Traverso decided not to grant him immunity.

De Kock decided that Henney’s ruling remained valid and informed Mbolombo accordingly.

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

Read more on:    npa  |  anni hindocha  |  shrien dewani  |  cape town  |  crime  |  honeymoon hijacking

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