Shrien Dewani leaves SA

2014-12-09 13:37

Cape Town - Shrien Dewani left South Africa on Tuesday after the Western Cape High Court dropped the murder charge against him.

Police escorted Dewani through Cape Town International Airport to catch an Emirates flight heading to Dubai which left at 13:3. He reportedly flew first-class and was expected to catch a connecting flight to Britain.

On Monday, Dewani walked free from the Western Cape High Court after a shock judgement saw him cleared him of hiring hitmen to murder 28-year-old Anni Hindocha in Gugulethu during their honeymoon in November 2010.

Prosecutors said Dewani wanted his wife killed because he is gay and felt trapped into marriage by family pressures.

Dewani told the court in a written statement at the start of the trial that he is bisexual and admitted having sex with male prostitutes, but said he loved Anni.

Anni’s sister Ami Denborg said the matter will haunt her family for the rest of their lives.

“We waited patiently for four years to hear what really happened to Anni, and to hear the full story of what happened,” she told reporters outside the Western Cape High Court.
“We came here looking for the truth, and all we got, was more questions.

 “We just wanted to hear all the events, and the hope of actually finding that out has kept us going as a family.

“Unfortunately, we believe that this right has now been taken away from us. Today has been really, really sad, because we never heard the full story from Shrien."

Western Cape High Court Judge Jeanette Traverso said the State's evidence had "fallen far below" the level needed to secure a conviction.

She said testimony by two men jailed for Anni's murder that Dewani had masterminded the plan was "improbable" and full of contradictions and lies.

Traverso conceded there were "a number of unanswered questions" about the murder, but said it would be unjust to force Dewani to testify in his own defence simply in the hope that he would incriminate himself.

She had earlier rejected as irrelevant testimony from a major state witness, sado-masochism "master" and gay prostitute Leopold Leisser, who reportedly told British police that Dewani had said he was getting married to a "lovely girl" but needed "to find a way out of it".

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

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