Anni’s parents suing Dewani for lying about sexuality

2014-12-01 13:45
An emotional Vinod Hindocha is seen at the Western Cape High Court.  (Lihle Jacobs, News24)

An emotional Vinod Hindocha is seen at the Western Cape High Court. (Lihle Jacobs, News24)

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Cape Town - Anni Hindocha’s parents have revealed they will sue her murder-accused husband because he had not told her of his bisexuality and she wouldn’t have married him if she had known about it.

Vinod and Nilam Hindocha say they did not know of Dewani’s sexuality and the revelation that he paid for gay prostitutes and believe their daughter certainly would not have married him if she had known, reported the UK’s Daily Mail.

They say Dewani married Anni under false pretences and call the £200 000 wedding, which they mostly paid for, “a drama and false”.

Anni’s mother, Nilam, says she never would have allowed her daughter to marry Dewani if she had known he was gay or bisexual.

Last week, a petition was launched to have Judge Jeanette Traverso, who is presiding over the trial, dismissed, Sapa reported. Justice Minister Michael Masutha is being urged to investigate Traverso’s conduct during the trial and order a re-trial with a new judge.  

Judge ‘rude to prosecutor, friendly to defence’

The Facebook group behind the petition, “Justice4Anni”, said a case expert had prepared an interim dossier during the trial and concluded she was biased for a number of reasons.

"She has disallowed key evidence related to the murder charge and motive from being presented and related witnesses testifying," the petition stated.

It claimed she had been aggressive and blatantly rude to prosecutor Adrian Mopp, while being friendly and assisting towards Dewani's lawyer Francois van Zyl.

Other reasons included her reliance on Dewani's plea explanation which had not been tested under cross-examination.

"Her conduct risks an injustice occurring in this case, the bringing of the judiciary into disrepute, it undermines public confidence in the South African judicial system and it impacts the international reputation of the Republic of South Africa in such a high profile murder case."

The defence team brought an application last week to discharge Dewani of the killing of his wife on the basis that there was no credible evidence.

Traverso is expected to rule next Monday whether Dewani is a free man or whether the trial should continue.

Read more on:    anni hindocha  |  shrien dewani  |  cape town  |  crime  |  dewani trial

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