Case against Dewani may be reopened

DEADLY BOND: Shrien Dewani and his murdered wife, Anni -
DEADLY BOND: Shrien Dewani and his murdered wife, Anni –

Shrien Dewani, the British businessman acquitted of murdering his wife Anni on their honeymoon in South Africa, could face further questions from a coroner in the UK, it has emerged.

Dewani, 35, of Bristol, was accused by the South African authorities of paying a taxi driver and two hitmen to kill his wife in a staged carjacking in November 2010 because he was a homosexual who wanted to get out of his marriage.

He fought extradition back to South Africa for three years on mental health grounds but was eventually extradited in April.

His trial in Cape Town collapsed in December – without Dewani ever taking the stand – after the judge ruled the prosecution case was “riddled with contradictions”.

But now a coroner in north London, where Anni lived before she was married, has indicated that he may reopen the case.

Andrew Walker is the former Oxfordshire coroner who heard scores of inquests into the deaths of British servicemen and women in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He developed a reputation for his unflinching approach and willingness to ask awkward questions of the Ministry of Defence over the involvement of key allies in friendly fire incidents.

– Daily Telegraph

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