Anni Dewani’s uncle lashes out at Shrien

2011-01-10 07:42

The uncle of murdered bride Anni Dewani has lashed out at her husband for allowing her to “suffer a death worse than a dog’s”, according to the UK-based Mail Online.

Ashok Hindocha told the publication on Sunday he could not understand why millionaire Shrien Dewani had not “put up a fight” after the couple’s taxi was ambushed by two gunmen in Cape Town.

“I would not even have allowed my dog to be left like that. I would fight for the dog. I would never in my life have done that. He could have punched him, he could have done something to resist,” Hindocha, the brother of Anni’s father, Vinod, was quoted saying.

“It is so simple. A beautiful girl like that, two men with a gun, you know what they are going to do to her.”
Dewani faces extradition to South Africa over allegations that he orchestrated Anni’s murder in a staged hijacking in Khayelitsha in November.

The Star newspaper reported today that a senior South African investigator, Lieutenant Colonel Mike Barkhuizen, was due to fly to London to meet Scotland Yard detectives preparing the case for Dewani’s extradition.

British publicist and spokesman for the Dewani family, Max Clifford, said: “Unless you are ever in a situation when two men are pointing a gun at you, you will never know how you will respond.

“Anni’s uncle is entitled to his opinion, but I know that Shrien did everything he could to protect her. We released the footage of the wedding as a tribute to Anni and to demonstrate how much Shrien loved her following weeks of false claims about their relationship.”

Zola Tongo, the driver of the taxi, said he was paid R1 500 for his role in the murder. He was sentenced to 18 years in jail after he turned state witness and implicated Shrien Dewani in the murder.

Dewani, who returned to Britain with his wife’s body days after the killing, was later arrested after walking into a police station in Bristol in southwest England. He was released on bail pending an extradition hearing.

Dewani has denied involvement in his wife’s murder.

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