Shrien Dewani has been cleared by the South African court of his involvement in the murder of his wife, Anni Dewani. According to Judge Jeanette Traverso, the testimony of the main witness that implicates Mr. Dewani is far too inconsistent and “riddled with contradictions”. She also said that the evidence presented by the prosecution was not enough to support their case against Mr. Dewani. The Bristol-based businessman was extradited to South Africa earlier this year after he was accused of planning the murder of his wife during their honeymoon back in November 2010.
Anni’s family expressed their disappointment at the verdict when they spoke to the press outside the Western Cape High Court. Ami Denborg, Anni’s sister, said that the justice system has failed her family. “We came here looking for answers and we came here looking for the truth and all we got was more questions. 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 told reporters.
Ami added, “All we wanted was to hear all the events and the hope of actually finding that out has kept us, as a family, going. Unfortunately we believe that this right has now been taken away from us.”
Anni was killed after a taxi she and Shrien were in was hijacked. Shrien and the driver, Zolo Tongo, claimed that they were forced out of the car and the suspects drove off with Anni in tow. Her body was found the next day, with a gunshot wound to the neck. Mziwamadoda Qwabe and Xolile Mngeni were arrested for the murder. Tongo was also arrested and plead guilty to being involved in the crime, but in exchange for a reduced sentence, he claimed that Shrien hired him and the two hitmen to kill his wife.