Anni Dewani’s family demands justice

2014-12-03 12:13

British businessperson Shrien Dewani must give the full story of what happened the night his wife Anni was killed, her family has said.

Her brother Anish Hindocha told reporters in Cape Town today he expected Dewani’s trial to continue in the Western Cape High Court on Monday, and for his discharge application to be dismissed.

He said Dewani’s legal team had repeated the “mantra” since the start of trial in October that his client would tell the court certain things. Dewani had insisted all along that he wanted to clear his name, Hindocha said.

“It would be a terrible development in what has been a four-year wait if we and the people of South Africa are not afforded the full story.”

Should the full facts of her murder not emerge, it would remain on the country’s conscience forever.

“It will also mean a lifetime of torture for me and my family, especially my mum and dad.”

Dewani is on trial in the Western Cape High Court for allegedly plotting with shuttle bus driver Zola Tongo and others to kill Anni while they were on honeymoon in Cape Town in November 2010.

He has pleaded not guilty to charges including kidnapping, murder and defeating the ends of justice.

Dewani’s legal team brought an application last week in terms of section 174 of the Criminal Procedure Act, which opened the way for a discharge if the court believed there was no credible evidence at the close of the state’s case.

Deputy Judge President Jeanette Traverso said she would deliver a ruling next week unless she let the parties know otherwise.

Should a discharge be granted, Dewani would be free to return to the United Kingdom.

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