Dewani pleads not guilty to charges

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British businessman Shrien Dewani on Monday pleaded not guilty to killing his wife Anni in Cape Town in 2010, and other related charges.

"I plead not guilty to all five counts," he said in a clear voice in the Western Cape High Court.

Dewani, dressed in a black suit, tie and white shirt, stood in the dock and looked down at prosecutor Adrian Mopp. Mopp read out the charges in a loud, clear voice.

Dewani seemed calm, cocked his head slightly to listen and made fists with his hands. At times, he frowned slightly or looked away to the side.

Dewani is charged with murder, kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances, and conspiracy to commit these crimes. He is also charged with defeating the ends of justice.

Deputy Judge President Jeannette Traverso sat with her arms crossed and looked at the indictment in front of her. She was flanked by two assessors.

Both the families of Dewani and his slain wife were in attendance, sitting on opposite ends of courtroom two.

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