Shrien Dewani: Prepares To Leave South Africa

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British businessman Shrien Dewani is expected to leave South Africa today after he was cleared by a judge of plotting to murder his wife.

The case against the 34-year-old was dismissed by Judge Jeanette Traverso, who ruled that prosecution arguments fell “far below” the level needed for a conviction.

Mr Dewani, of Westbury-on-Trym, had denied any involvement in the murder of his 28-year-old wife Anni.

He said she was killed during a botched carjacking during their Cape Town honeymoon in November 2010.

The dismissal of the case led to angry scenes outside court as Mrs Dewani’s family criticised the South African justice system.

In a statement read outside the court, the Hindocha family said: “The knowledge of not knowing is going to haunt us for the rest of our lives.”

Mrs Dewani’s sister Ami Denborg told Sky’s Alex Crawford: “The justice system has failed us.”

The family say they will review the case with their lawyers to see if they can file a lawsuit against Mr Dewani in the UK.

Mr Dewani is now free to return to the Britain. He breathed a sigh of relief as the judge dismissed the case against him.

Members of Mr Dewani’s family wept and embraced as he quickly left the dock.

Mrs Dewani’s family bowed their heads as shouting was heard from the public gallery.

Three men – Tongo, Mziwamadoda Qwabe and gunman Xolile Mngeni – have already been convicted over Mrs Dewani’s murder.

Qwabe is currently serving a 25-year sentence. Mngeni was serving life for firing the shot that killed Mrs Dewani, but died from a brain tumour in October.

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The murder took place when the Dewanis’ chauffeur-driven tour of a township was hijacked.

Prosecutors claimed Dewani, who is bisexual, wanted to leave the relationship and arranged the carjacking during the couple’s honeymoon.

But Dewani’s defence team said the case against him was weak.

Giving her ruling on the application to dismiss the case, Judge Traverso said the evidence from the men was “so improbable, with so many mistakes, lies and inconsistencies you cannot see where the lies ended and the truth begins”.

She added that the only reason not to grant the application would be in the hope that Mr Dewani would implicate himself during his testimony.

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