If Dewani killed Anni, it would be ‘unforgivable’ – sister

2010-12-09 14:35

The sister of murdered Anni Dewani, a Swedish bride killed on her honeymoon in Gugulethu township of South Africa, said today it would be an “unforgivable” crime if her new British husband was found guilty of arranging her murder.

Speaking publicly for the first time about her sister’s death, Ami Denborg told the London-based newspaper The Times that her family had been charmed by the wealthy Shrien Dewani.

South African authorities accuse the 30-year-old businessman, Dewani, of paying to have his bride Anni killed in a carjacking during their honeymoon in Cape Town.

Speaking from her home in Sweden, Denborg (32) would not say whether her family thought Shrien played a part in her sister’s killing.

However, if he was found guilty, “then what he has done is unforgivable. You can’t just kill somebody. It is scary. What the hell was he thinking?” she told the paper.

She said her family would go no further on the matter until the legal process was completed and they felt justice had been served.

“It is terrible enough to lose a sister but it is even more terrible to lose a sister in such a way,” said Denborg.

“The most sad part in all of this is that it doesn’t matter what happens to Shrien, to the driver, or to whoever killed her – I will never get my sister back.”

Dewani appeared yesterday at the City of Westminster Magistrates Court in London on an extradition warrant.

He had handed himself in to a police station in Bristol, southwest of England, on Tuesday.

His 28-year-old wife was killed on November 13 after the couple’s taxi was reportedly hijacked in Gugulethu, just outside the Cape Town city centre.

In a South African court on Tuesday, taxi driver Zola Tongo said he was offered R15 000 by Dewani to kill Anni.

Dewani strongly denies any involvement in the murder and told the court in London that he did not agree to the extradition.

The judge in London first granted him bail, but in a dramatic twist he was told that for procedural reasons he must now remain in custody pending a high court hearing.

District Judge Howard Riddle said initially he had agreed to grant bail to Dewani because he had co-operated with the South African police investigation.

The South African authorities have appealed against the decision to grant conditional bail.

The appeal will be heard tomorrow and Dewani will remain in custody until then.

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