Honeymoon murder: Bride's family appeals for Dewani's testimony
In an emotional appeal, the family of a Indo-Swedish bride murdered on her honeymoon in South Africa in 2010 today asked a court to force her British-Indian millionaire husband to testify on charges that he had her killed and come out with the "full story".
Cape Town: In an emotional appeal, the family of a Indo-Swedish bride murdered on her honeymoon in South Africa in 2010 today asked a court to force her British-Indian millionaire husband to testify on charges that he had her killed and come out with the "full story".
"Don't let Shrien Dewani walk away without giving us, South Africa and people from all over the world, the full story," Anni Dewani's brother Anish Hindocha told reporters.
Hindocha urged South African trial judge Jeanette Traverso not to discharge the murder case against 34-year-old Shrien early for lack of evidence.
Any failure to allow the case to continue, Hindocha said, would result in "Anni's death remain(ing) on the conscience of South Africa forever".
Having finished presenting its case two weeks ago, the prosecution has been widely criticised as being so poor that Traverso is legally obliged to discharge. But Anni's younger brother asked the judge to force Shrien to explain his actions.
"Please allow us the opportunity to demand justice for our sister. Please allow us the full story. We don't want to return to Sweden or the UK and feel as if we did not get a proper and fair trial in South Africa," Hindocha said.
"My message is simple, don't let Shrien Dewani walk away without giving us, South Africa and people all over the world the full story. Let the law take its full and proper course," he said.
Flanked by three male cousins, Hindocha spoke emotionally of how 28-year-old Anni's death in a taxi hijacking in Cape Town in 2010 had taken a heavy toll on his family.
On the first day of his murder trial, Shrien handed into court a 37-page "plea explanation" document in which he gave a written account of his actions before, during and after his wife's death. But Hindocha said this was not enough.
Traverso, who is the second most senior judge in Cape Town, is due to announce her decision on whether or not to throw out the case next Monday.
Shrien faces life if found guilty of arranging to have his wife Anni murdered, who died in Cape Town after an apparent carjacking gone wrong.
He is accused of hiring three men -- taxi driver Zola Tongo, Mziwamadoda Qwabe and Xolile Mngeni -- to kill Anni.
Mngeni was sentenced to life in prison for the murder but died in jail. Qwabe was sentenced to 25 years. Tongo was sentenced to 18 years following a plea bargain deal.
Shrien lost a four-year legal battle to avoid extradition to South Africa, and was sent in April to stand trial.