Anni sexually assaulted by her abductors: Report

Anni Dewani was sexually assaulted before being gunned down by the abductors, a report said.

Updated: Feb 20, 2011, 20:22 PM IST

London: Anni Dewani, the Indian-origin
bride who was murdered during her honeymoon in Cape Town last
year, was sexually assaulted before being gunned down by the
abductors, a media report said on Sunday.

A witness who saw 28-year-old Anni`s body sprawled on
the back seat of the taxi in which she was shot, told The
Sunday Telegraph that her underwear was below her knees and
her dress pulled up.

The newspaper said it has also seen evidence contained
in a post mortem examination report that clearly shows bruises
- consistent with "finger mark" grips - on Dewani`s leg.

It throws doubt on the official police claim that she
was the victim of a clinical execution on the orders of her
NRI husband, Shrien Dewani, who is facing extradition over the
honeymoon killing, the paper said.

31-year-old Shrien, a businessman from Bristol, is
accused of paying a taxi driver to have his Indo-Swedish wife
killed on November 13 last year while the couple were staying
in Cape Town.

The report appears to corroborate claims that Anni`s
body was found with her left arm pulled across her chest and
her hand in front of her face.

The bullet which killed her passed through her hand
before entering her neck.

Experts hired by her husband said the bruises showed
that the killer may have been trying to pull her legs apart
and that the raised hand indicated a struggle.

They believe the evidence showed that Anni may have
been shot accidentally as she struggled to resist being raped.

The evidence gathered by the newspaper is at odds with
the South African police`s insistence that Anni was not
sexually assaulted before she was killed.

Zola Tongo, the driver, was jailed for murder, but
managed to have his sentence reduced after implicating Shrien.

Tongo hired two men to hijack his taxi, who are also
accused of murder. Their confessions also implicated Shrien.

A friend of Dewani said: "This new evidence is pretty
significant. The police said there were no signs of sexual
assault, but that seems at odds with how the body was found.

"It would seem to be evidence that this wasn`t an
execution-style hit. Nobody knows if the police did a full
test for sexual assault."

The Dewani family declined to comment on the latest
claims.

A spokesman said: "This matter is before the courts
and we are confident Shrien will be cleared."

PTI