Honeymoon murder: Shrien Dewani acquitted, Anni's family says justice system has failed them

Disappointed over the acquittal of shrien Dewani, the family of slain bride Anni Dewani has said that the South African justice system has failed them and not knowing what happened will “haunt us for the rest of our lives."

By Supriya Jha | Last Updated: Dec 08, 2014, 23:39 PM IST
Honeymoon murder: Shrien Dewani acquitted, Anni's family says justice system has failed them

Cape Town: Disappointed over the acquittal of shrien Dewani, the family of slain bride Anni Dewani has said that the South African justice system has failed them and not knowing what happened will “haunt us for the rest of our lives."

Shrien Dewani, now 34-year-old, was accused of getting his wife killed on their honeymoon in Cape Town in November 2010.

As the judge announced the verdict, the family members of Anni were seen bowing their heads and they left soon after the judgement was declared.

With eyes brimming with tears, Ami Denborg, the sister of Swedish-raised Anni Dewani, made a statement outside the Western Cape high Court, expressing shock and disappointment.

"Today we feel as a family that the justice system has failed us and we are deeply disappointed. We came here looking for answers and we came here looking for the truth and all we got was more questions,” she said.

"We waited patiently for four years to hear what really happened to Anni and to hear the full story of what happened to our dearest little sister,”she added.

The family of Anni whose middle name was Hindocha said that the fact they would never be able to know what actually happened “is going to haunt us for the rest of our lives" the Sky News quoted.

The family added that they would see if a lawsuit could be filed against Shrien in the UK.

Anni's uncle said that the family would never have got their “precious Anni” married to Shrien had they known about his sexuality.

Shrien had on the very first day of the trial confessed in written that he had sexual liaisons with both men (gay prostitutes) and women that proved his bisexuality.

The prosecutors had argued that Shrien's bisexuality was a motive for him to have paid the killers 15,000 rands to get his wife murdered as he wanted a way out of the marriage.

However, the judge dismissed the claim saying that the taxi driver  Zola Robert Tongo and his accomplices were Mziwamadoda Qwabe and Xolile Mngeni were "intelligent men" and would not have carried out a contract killing for Mr Dewani for "a few thousand rand", the BBC quoted.

Meanwhile, Shrien Dewani's lawyer has said that hecould sue South African prosecutors for raking up the issue of his bisexuality as an evidence against him, the Daily Mail reported.

Dismissing the case against Shrein, who was a businessman from Bristol, Judge Jeanette Traverso said that the prosecution had failed to prove that he plotted with other three (who were already convicted) to murder his wife.

The judge said that the arguments by the prosecutors had "fallen far below" the level required to convict Shrien.

The judge added that the court could not rely upon the evidence given by the three criminals already convicted over Mrs Dewani's murder as it was “so improbable, with so many mistakes, lies and inconsistencies you cannot see where the lies ended and the truth begins".