Saturday, February 26, 2011

Dewani not too sick to go out for dinner....

Murdered tourist Anni Dewani’s father has questioned whether her murder accused and husband, Shrien Dewani, was really sick enough to forgo a court appearance on Tuesday.

The Star newspaper quoted Vinod Hindocha, Anni’s father, as saying: “When you can go to restaurants to have meals, you can’t be sick. Many sources have told me they’ve seen Shrien out in restaurants which means he can go to court…

“I was in the UK the last time when Shrien was supposed to appear [on 20 January], but he was apparently sick… I just don’t know about that though,” Hindocha said, adding that he would not attend the hearing on Tuesday.

Dewani has medical certificate

Justice spokesperson Tlali Tlali told Sapa on Monday that Dewani would not appear on Tuesday because a medical certificate indicated he was not fit to do so.

During the last hearing in the City of Westminister Magistrate’s Court in January, Chief Magistrate Howard Riddle was told that Dewani was suffering from an acute stress disorder.
Tlali said it was up to the court to decide whether it was acceptable that Dewani did not attend the next round of extradition proceedings against him because he was unwell.

“It is likely that the case will be postponed. The court will have to deal with other issues,” said Tlali.

“You always have to exercise patience and respect the due processes of the law.”

He said the English court would determine on its own how many times the case can be postponed.

“There is nothing available to us to suggest that the delay is not justified,” said Tlali.
String of charges

Dewani faces charges of conspiracy to murder, murder, kidnapping, robbery with aggravated circumstances and obstruction of the administration of justice, the UK-based Press Association reported.

South African authorities were seeking to have Dewani, from Westbury-on-Trym in Bristol, come back to the country to stand trial.

Anni Dewani, from Sweden, was shot when the newlywed couple’s taxi was allegedly hijacked in the Gugulethu township on the outskirts of Cape Town on 13 November.

She was found dead in the back of the abandoned vehicle with a bullet wound to her neck.

Driver Zola Tongo was sentenced to 18 years in prison in South Africa after he submitted a plea agreement which implicated Dewani in an alleged R15 000 hit on Anni.

Before the hearing, Anni’s father Vinod Hindocha said: “Many sources have told me they’ve seen Shrien in restaurants, so he can go to court.”

Dewani’s spokesman Max Clifford said: “The allegations that he has been to ­restaurants are totally false.”

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Chloe Spelling ' It's been a disaster'

Shrien Dewani 'may be prepared to return to South Africa for murder trial'

The husband of murdered honeymooner Anni Dewani may be prepared to return voluntarily to South Africa to stand trial, a close friend said.

Anni Dewani (left) and Shrien Dewani
Anni Dewani (left) and Shrien Dewani Photo: GEOFF PUGH
Bristol businessman Shrien Dewani, who is accused of ordering his wife's murder, has so far resisted attempts to extradite him.
Mrs Dewani, 28, from Sweden, was shot when the taxi the couple were travelling in was hijacked in the Gugulethu township on the outskirts of Cape Town on November 13.
A friend of Mr Dewani told BBC Inside Out West the 31-year-old has not ruled out returning to South Africa to clear his name if certain guarantees can be made.
They include being given bail up to the point of final appeal, if one is needed, as well as freedom of movement to help him build his defence case.
Hasmukh Velji Shah, who was said to be speaking with the support of the Dewani family, said: ''There are certain issues and questions and guarantees which must be answered and given, such as if Shrien had to go to South Africa, would he be given bail?
''It is for Shrien's legal team and the South African authorities to discuss this and agree a mutually agreed programme.''
Mr Shah first met Mr Dewani when he was a student at the University of Manchester and said he thinks of him as family.
He told the programme that Mr Dewani, from Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, is confident he can clear his name if he stands trial.
Mr Shah said the Dewani family were looking for answers to a number of questions before deciding whether the businessman would return to South Africa voluntarily.
The revelation that Mr Dewani may negotiate a return to South Africa comes as a holidaymaker who befriended Mrs Dewani said the couple were acting "strangely" while on their honeymoon.
Chloe Spelling, 23, met the couple while staying at the same luxury safari camp near South Africa's Kruger national park.
"They weren't at all flirtatious. They never kissed. It seemed like Anni was more smitten with Shrien," she told the News of the World.
Miss Spelling, from South Africa, said she was puzzled by Mr Dewani's "odd" response during a conversation shortly after his wife's death.
She said: "I told him 'I'm really sorry about Anni', but all he said was 'It's been a total disaster from start to finish'.
"I thought it was an odd thing to say and I couldn't understand how calm he was. I thought 'This man doesn't sound upset'."
Mr Dewani has been accused of ordering a hit squad to kill his new wife during their honeymoon in Cape Town.
His wife was found dead in the back of an abandoned cab with a bullet wound to her neck after cabbie Zola Tongo drove the newlyweds to the dangerous Cape Town township of Gugulethu.
His vehicle was hijacked and he and Mr Dewani were ejected before Mrs Dewani was driven off and killed.
In a plea bargain with the South African authorities, Tongo claimed Mr Dewani offered him 15,000 rand (£1,400) for the killing.
Tongo, 31, from Bothasig, was sentenced to 18 years in jail for murder, kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances and perverting the course of justice.
Xolile Mnguni, 23, and Mziwamadoda Qwabe, 25, who are charged with murder, kidnapping and robbery with aggravating circumstances, will appear before Wynberg Regional Court on February 25.
The South African authorities have requested that Mr Dewani be extradited from the UK to answer the allegations in court.
Mr Dewani, who is currently on bail and living at home in Bristol, is due to appear at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court on January 20 for the next stage of the extradition process.
* Inside Out West is on BBC One in the West of England at 7.30pm tonight and on BBC1 HD across the rest of the UK.

Images of Anni and Shrien in the hotel where he claimed he was ' a travel agent' to obtain a substantial discount.

“It’s been a total disaster from start to finish”.

‘Brit-Indian honeymooner said couple’s relation was a disaster from start to finish’

London, Jan 17 : A fellow holidaymaker who had spend some time with the Indian-origin couple during their honeymoon in Cape Town, has testified that murdered bride Anni’s husband acted strangely during their trip, adding that she was puzzled when Shrien told her their relationship had been a “disaster from start to finish” following Anni’s death.

The Daily Mail quoted 23-year-old Chloe Spelling as saying that on the safari Shrien was angry with his wife because she was taking pictures of lions, and stopped her saying, “There’s no point taking pictures of them.”

“There were other honeymooners there from Brazil and Portugal and they were always kissing and touching. With Anni and Shrien, it was like they had been married for years,” she said.

“They weren’t at all flirtatious. They never kissed. It seemed like Anni was more smitten with Shrien. If they had a bench of the Land Rover to themselves, Shrien would sit alone on one side and Anni would slide over to be beside him. She always seemed to be seeking his approval. If she said something like, ‘We had a long flight’, she would follow it up with, ‘Didn’t we, Shrien?’,” Spelling added.

She also claimed that when she consoled Shrien about his wife’s murder, the Brit-Indian millionaire’s ‘odd’ response puzzled her because he apparently told her that: “It’s been a total disaster from start to finish”.

Anni was shot dead when the couple’s taxi was hijacked as it drove through a township outside Cape Town on November 13 last year.

Although four South Africans have been arrested in connection with the murder, and one sentenced to 18 years in prison, detectives are of the opinion that Shrien had masterminded the murder of his wife. (ANI)

Chloe Spelling far left, they certainly both look very happy here.

Dewani family's school for Anni

THE family of a British businessman accused of ordering the brutal killing of his wife on their South African honeymoon plans to build a school in her memory.

Authorities are seeking to extradite Shrien Dewani after a taxi driver serving time for his part in the horrific crime claimed the wealthy care home owner set a hit man on Anni.
Her 30-year-old husband denies any involvement in the death of his bride, who friends and relatives have described as "the woman of his dreams".

Husband ... Shrien Dewani
Husband ... Shrien Dewani

His family is now planning to join with 28-year-old Anni's family to create some good out of the tragedy, by building a school in India, where they have roots.
The two groups of relatives will fund the project using thousands of pounds in donations from well-wishers.
A close family member of Dewani's said: "We've collected over £15,000 jointly between the families from people who wanted to pay tribute to Anni and that money's going to be used to build a school in India in her memory.
"Anni's been taken from us all and we won't get her back but what we can do is give to, and help, other people."
A page has been set up online by a Dewani family member so the public can donate to a residential school for about 500 students from the tribes around the border of Dang in Gujarat and Nashik in Maharashtra in the west of the country.
The family member added: "Even people who didn't know Anni have been donating."
And while Dewani has received the full support of his local community in Westbury-on-Trym in Bristol, the families have also been overwhelmed by a wave of international support.

More than 500 letters and emails have been received from all over the world, ranging from South Africa to China, India, Korea, Kenya, Australia and America," the relative said.
"People are saying 'I don't know you, I don't know the family, but I believe you'."
Dewani was granted bail in the British courts earlier in December, pending a full extradition hearing in the New Year.
His wife was found dead in the back of an abandoned cab with a bullet wound to her neck on November 13 after cabbie Zola Tongo drove the newlyweds to the dangerous Cape Town township of Gugulethu.
His vehicle was hijacked and he and Dewani were thrown out of the vehicle, but Swedish Anni was driven off and killed.
In a plea bargain with South African authorities, Tongo claimed Dewani offered him 15,000 rand (£1,400) to arrange the killing.

New witnessess ?'

Friday, February 25, 2011

Indian homosexuals in denial...

In India, except for a few people belonging to the English-speaking elite in metropolitan centers, mostly in the higher echelons of advertising, fashion, design, fine and performing arts, men (and women) with same-sex-partners neither identify themselves as homosexuals nor admit their sexual preference, often even to themselves. Many men - some married - have had or continue to have sex with other men; but only a miniscule minority are willing to recognize themselves as homosexual.

Annis family brand 'school plan ' a PR Stunt...

Wedding booked as a convention..

Shrien Dewani booked his lavish wedding to his murdered wife Anni as a three-day convention at a five-star Indian hotel through his family company PSP Healthcare, the Mail & Guardian was told this week. A staff member at the luxury Rena-issance Hotel and Convention Centre in Mumbai confirmed a discount was given on the "convention" in October because of the good business it received from PSP Healthcare.

The father of the bride, Vinod Hindocha, told the M&G that he paid "two-thirds" of the wedding costs. "I was happy to pay my share, which I handed to Shrien," Hindocha said.

"According to Hindu tradition, the reception is paid by the groom and the other two days are on me.
Shrien handled the negotiations and told me what my share was."The British press has estimated that the wedding, attended by more than 300 guests, cost £200 000.Ernest Lai King, the head of Deneys Reitz Tax, said that if the expense was accounted for in PSP, its description as a "convention" cost would be inaccurate, and British tax authorities could take a dim view of it if PSP tried to claim the expense -- unless it was treated as a fringe benefit or remuneration to PSP director Shrien Dewani.
"Of course, that remuneration would then be fully taxable in Shri-en's hands.

The two-thirds subsidy [by Hindocha] could be expected to be accounted for in PSP if the expense was put through, in which case only the net one-third of the remuneration cost could be claimed by PSP," said Lai King, who is a leading tax specialist in South Africa.

He said that if it was customary and obligatory, Hindocha's subsidy should not be regarded as a donation.
Lai King said that a disclosure in the company's books of the wedding as a "convention" cost might also be a corporate governance issue of interest to PSP's shareholders.

Shrien Dewani, his brother Preyen and Wayne Shermon are the directors of PSP, which owns nine nursing homes and old-age care villages in the United Kingdom. PSP is reported to be in financial trouble, but the Dewani family has denied this.

Last weekend the Dewani family released a videotape of the couple dancing at their wedding in a bid to counter claims that he is a suspect in her murder. The footage shows the couple singing to their chosen Hindu song, Pehla Nasha (First Love).

The traditional wedding was not formally registered and a formal marriage ceremony is said to have been planned in the United Kingdom next year.

At the time of going to press, the M&G was still awaiting comment from the London public relations firm, Max Clifford, which Dewani has hired to deal with media queries.

Shrien Dewani is he a con artist ?

The wedding it appears was paid through the company. Annis father handed the cash straight to Shrien.

There was a request from a family member to refund Annis flight.

Dewani claimed he was a travel agent to claim a large discount at their honeymoon hotel.

And now a fund created in the memory of Anni has been closed ....
Wedding booked as a convention...

Vinod Hindocha paid for 2 days of the 3 day wedding in Mumbai. He has stated that Shriem Dewani made all the plans, arrangement and simply told him what his share was. He paid two third of £200 000 Dewani claimed he spent. We now know that Shrien not only negotiated a discount for the hotel but also wrote off the wedding to their company PSP as a conference. In effectt he accounting maneuver will see him get back a lot of Vinod Hindocha's money .

Giving what we now know about Shriens ‘money management ‘ skills it is easy to see Vinod Hindocha might have paid for the entire wedding plus more alone. Dewanis stood to make a profit from the venture one way or the other. The result of an audit of the wedding expenditure should be interesting. Dewanis took Hindochas for a ride and then....... This is sickening.
Wedding booked as a 'convention'

Dewani family fund school in murdered brides name....

DEWANI PR stunt cancelled. Max Clifford we need answers, where is the money ?????

Annis father has nothing but praise and thanks to South Africa, who seek justice for his daughters murder.

Case against alleged hitmen has been postponed....

The case against alleged hitmen Qwabe and Xolile Mngeni has been postponed to June 1 for further investigation.

Dewani madness outside court hearing today in SA

Clifford spin and 'suicide drama' make us forget the questions DEWANI must answer. !!!!!

Honeymoon murder: Questions the groom must face

A night-time taxi ride leaves a bride slain. Did her husband arrange her death? Is he linked to an earlier killing? Or is he being framed by man trying to save his own neck?
By David Connett
Sunday, 12 December 2010
Shrien and Anni Dewani on their wedding day, less than two weeks before she was murdered
Shrien and Anni Dewani on their wedding day, less than two weeks before she was murdered

    DEWANI: links on latest 'suicide claim'

    Alleged Anni Dewani hitman Mziwamadoda Qwabe has been denied bail.
    Annis father was in the court room to hear the verdict.

    Dewani and the 'crying game'..I have no doubt Dewani is terrified of what the future may hold, anyone would be BUT Dewani has yet to tell the thruth and until he does his fear shall remain. I believe Dewani managed to escape and left Anni behind...BUT he has told so many lies to now tell the simple fact , he was nothing more than a coward,seems impossible. If this should be the case, the DEWANIS are paying a very high price to 'save face'.
    Everytime the officer asked him a question he started crying----

    Thursday, February 24, 2011

    Shrien Dewani should be detained for own safety, court told

    Newlywed accused of arranging wife's murder allowed to remain on bail despite taking a 'massive drug overdose'
    Shrien Dewani
    Shrien Dewani, right, the man accused of having his wife murdered during their honeymoon in South Africa, arrives at Belmarsh magistrates court. Photograph: Matt Dunham/AP
    Shrien Dewani, the bridegroom accused of hiring a hitman to kill his wife while on honeymoon in South Africa, should be jailed for his own safety after taking more than 40 tablets, a court was told.

    Dewani, 31, who denies murdering his wife Anni in Cape Town last November, has been on bail pending an extradition request. Belmarsh magistrates court, south-east London, heard he had been taken to hospital after taking a "massive drug overdose" that almost killed him.
    Ben Watson, for the South African authorities, said that raised fears he might fail to attend future hearings and his detention was necessary for his own safety. But Dewani, 31, was allowed to remain on bail at his Bristol home.

    Dewani looking dazed and was moving sluggishly as his father, Prakash, insisted his family would keep his "innocent son" safe and prove his innocence.

    "We are undertaking every single thing possible to first get better, defend himself and when he does I want my son safe – not beaten or tortured," said Prakash Dewani.

    "We will ensure he stands trial in South Africa to clear his name. But when he goes to South Africa he must be safe."

    Anni Dewani, from Sweden, was shot when a taxi the couple were travelling in was hijacked in the Gugulethu township on the outskirts of Cape Town on 13 November

    The family insist that Dewani had not intended to take his own life despite taking 46 tablets.
    His barrister, Julian Knowles, said Dewani had simply taken too many sleeping tablets. His psychiatrist, Dr Paul Dedman, said his patient was trying to get some sleep.

    Dewani extradition..this is on Julian Assange but explains the law on appeal and extradition...

    ASSANGE extradition to go ahead live updates...

    Murdoch's SUN, instead of reporting the two versions he gave on his retutn to England, has instead decided to support Shrien and foget he tried to make fools of the British public... now suggesting he will be tortured should he retutn to SA. Shrien Dewani is acting like a woman in distress, so there may well be foundation to the rumours.

    Wednesday, February 23, 2011

    Reporter Dan Neeling batting for the DEWANIS , how much has this hack been paid to try and gain the sympathy vote? Since when has a reporter been judge and jury? Neeling can think as he pleases BUT he seems to have forgotten Anni and her family...I wonder if this had been Neelings sister he would be so quick to jump to the defence of 'oh so sweet Shrien Dewan'..of course Dewani is scared who would'nt be..but he had plenty of mouth on his return to England could not wait to tell his versions to the SUN,,,,both of them, lets not forget...NO he goes back to SA and sorts this out...Nice try Clifford but Anni comes first.

    A reporter who has come to know Shrien Dewani well since his wife’s murder reveals here why he thinks the witnesses and evidence against him are flawed. His findings make fascinating reading
    When Shrien Dewani was rushed to hospital on Sunday rumours spread that he had taken a deliberate overdose.

     Yesterday, as he returned home, his family issued a statement ­saying he had simply had a bad reaction to sleeping tablets. ­Nevertheless, it’s fair to say that the 31-year-old care-home owner from Bristol is at the lowest point of his life.

    Widowed just days into his marriage and then accused of murder, he is suffering from severe post-traumatic stress disorder, has lost almost two stone and has become fragile due to depression.

    It is just 100 days since the events in a South African township that distorted his life out of all recognition.

     The story of how Shrien Dewani and his bride Anni, 28, were hijacked – and she shot dead – on honeymoon in Cape Town is now well known. Many people, it seems, think he was involved, echoing the views of South Africa’s chief of police, Bheki Cele, who called Dewani a “monkey” who “came all the way from ­London to murder his wife”.

    I was the first person to interview Dewani after the horrific events of November 13 last year. I remain the only reporter to have spoken to him unsupervised and since our 45-minute chat two days after the hijacking, I have dedicated myself to the story.

     I have attended every court hearing, read every official document and talked to everyone involved in the case. There is no other reporter who knows the case as well as I do.

    So it has been with a growing sense of disquiet and anger that I have seen the traumatised widower I met three months ago turned, in the eyes of the world, into a killer.

     On the evidence I have seen, not only is Dewani unlikely to have killed his wife but he could be the victim of an injustice.

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    A nni was kidnapped by two gunmen while be- ing driven with her husband through the township of Gugulethu – a dirt-poor sprawl of brick and tin shacks near Cape Town airport – on their way back to their hotel from a meal out.

    Swedish-born but of Indian extraction like her husband, she was killed with a single bullet to the neck from a Chinese-made 7.62mm calibre Norinco pistol. Shrien survived after – he says – being pushed out of the VW Sharan taxi about 20 minutes after it was taken.

    It is this unusual circumstance that has led Cape Town police to question his version of events. In South Africa it is unheard of for hijackers to let witnesses survive.

    The only reason the killers would ditch him was so they could rape Anni but police say there was no sign of sexual assault. The implication is that he must have hired the killers.

    But from what I have uncovered about the police case, it seems highly unlikely that any criminal court – British or South African – would agree. “It’s so weak that, as it is at the moment, I doubt it would get anywhere near an English criminal court,” says one of the lawyers involved.

    The South Africans seem to have based their case on the ­testimony of the suspects themselves. Their star witness is Zola Tongo, the 31-year-old father-of-five currently serving 18 years in prison after he admitted arranging the hijacking.

    Tongo has signed a confession claiming that Dewani approached him at the airport and asked ­ him to find a hitman to murder his wife.

    H OWEVER, Tongo is a self-­confessed liar. The fourth charge against him, which he admitted, is “obstructing the administration of justice” by lying to the police.

    As Thabo Nogemane, lawyer for another of the subjects, told me: “Tongo was sentenced for lying under oath so obviously his credibility is not good at all.” What’s more, he received at least seven years off his sentence for providing his “helpful” testimony.

    Question marks also hang over the prosecution’s second witness, Mziwamadoda Qwabe, one of the two hijackers. Even though he has no previous convictions he is described by the South African police as being one of the hit men in this case.

    The other witnesses include a hotel worker who allegedly put Tongo in touch with the killers, plus two men who the police claim hid the gun afterwards. All of them have been offered so called “204 immunity”, meaning that if they testify against Dewani, they won’t be punished.
    So much for the “witnesses” – what about the physical evidence?

    The main element seems to be CCTV footage of Dewani meeting Tongo four days after the murder and handing over an envelope of money. Why would the grieving widower do such a thing unless he had commissioned the crime?

    I’ve met Shrien Dewani. I’ve spoken to his family, his colleagues, his friends and his enemies. My assessment of the man, who is awaiting an extradition hearing later this year, is that while he likes to appear self-assured and worldly he is actually woefully naïve.

    He grew up in one of Bristol’s wealthier suburbs, he attended private school – where he was a senior prefect – and he works for his father. As such, he was totally unprepared for the real security concerns of modern South Africa: a place where on average 52 people are murdered a day.

    When I spoke to him and asked whether he suspected his taxi driver of having set up the hijacking, he replied: “Initially I had a lot of suspicion… but by the end of it I quite liked him.”
    If the guileless Briton was taken in then isn’t it possible that he could have fallen for a sob story a few days later and agreed to pay Tongo the fare they had agreed?

    Talk about the Dewani case in South Africa and you risk getting into an argument.

     People here are angry at the violent crime that plagues their country and at being reminded of it by foreigners. They are keen that their country – reborn after the horrors of apartheid – should not be a place where tourists get killed by cab drivers.

    By speaking out in support of Dewani I know I risk ridicule if he is eventually found guilty.

     I don’t know everything about the events of November 13 nor do I know the full extent of the police investigation. It could be that detectives have some incontrovertible piece of evidence up their sleeves. His supporters, on the other hand, think that the case against Dewani has more to do with protecting South Africa’s tourism industry.

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    Links to DEWANI articles...

    Tuesday, February 22, 2011

    Dewani pictured sign of Barbie Doll that Clifford told us went everywhere with him !!

    New details of the couple's relationship emerged yesterday, including that Dewani is carrying an Indian Barbie doll he bought Anni as a gift everywhere he goes. "Shrien clings on to this doll as one of the last memories of Anni. He used to refer to her as 'his Barbie' as she, like the doll, used to love dressing up," the relative said.

    He said the couple were deeply in love and reiterated the family's explanation for choosing South Africa as a honeymoon destination: simply that "S" and "A" were the couple's initials.

    DEWANI:' Suicide bid' the media cry...but Clifford has to watch his mouth ..a hospital will not lie about such a serious attempt on anyones life....Have the hospital confirmed a suicide attempt ? No ? ...I thought not.... The hospital in question, by law, must have a psychiatric report from one of their own team ..INDEPENDENT of DEWANI. I imagine Dewani was in a NHS hospital ? Quite different to a fully paid up private medic who will do and say what the DEWANIS ask...,people,news,shrien-dewani-in-hospital-after-drug-overdose

    Max Clifford earning his money....another PR stunt at the suggestion of the GURU....I may sound harsh, but anyone who has lived through the McCanns and their GURU Mitchell, will know any trick but any trick is played for the sympathy vote...

    Honeymoon murder suspect Shrien Dewani was taken to hospital after apparently suffering an allergic reaction to sleeping pills.
    His family denied reports he had attempted to take his own life.
    The 31-year-old has lost two stone in recent weeks as he faces the prospect of going on trial accused of murdering his wife in South Africa.
    Wedding photo: Anni Dewani, 28, died after gunmen hijacked the newlywed's taxi in South Africa last November. Shrien, left, has been accused of ordering the killing but denies any involvement
    Wedding photo: Anni Dewani, 28, died after gunmen hijacked the newlyweds' taxi in South Africa last November. Shrien, left, has been accused of ordering the killing but denies any involvement. He is now said to have 'severe post-traumatic stress disorder'
    Mr Dewani, accused of ordering the contract killing of his new wife Anni, 28, in November, was taken to hospital on Sunday.
    He had not been sleeping - and his representative said he had been suffering from 'severe post-traumatic stress disorder'.

    A family spokesman said: 'Shrien had a reaction to his sleeping tablets on Sunday and was taken to hospital as a precaution.
    Tragic: Honeymooner Anni Dewani
    Tragic: Honeymooner Anni Dewani
    'They allowed him to sleep it off without any other treatment and he has been assessed as being medically fit to be discharged today.
    'There was no intention to kill himself. He continues to suffer from severe post-traumatic stress disorder under the most extreme pressures from South Africa.'
    His condition has been exacerbated by 'recent revelations about the sexual assault of his wife in South Africa and unhelpful and prejudicial comments from senior officials', the spokesman added.
    New evidence has emerged in recent days reportedly indicating that Mrs Dewani was sexually assaulted before her murder and casting further doubt on the theory that she was killed on her husband's orders.
    He is recovering in the Bristol Royal Infirmary but was expected to be discharged later.
    The suspect, from Westbury-on-Trym, near Bristol, had reportedly lost 12kg in recent weeks.
    He is facing an extradition hearing at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court in May.
    His lawyers have argued he should not be sent to South Africa as he will not get a fair trial.
    Traumatised: Shrien Dewani answers bail at Southmead Police Station in Bristol earlier today
    Traumatised: Shrien Dewani answers bail at Southmead Police Station in Bristol earlier today
    Max Clifford, who represents Mr Dewani, said: 'There has been increasing concern for him over the last few weeks and he has lost around 12kg.
    'It was 10kg a couple of weeks ago and he has lost more since then. He is in a very fragile state and has not been eating or sleeping and has been giving his family and friends increasing concern.
    'The nightmare has been made worse by the untrue accusations which have come out.
    'He is OK in hospital but when he comes out will have to have 24-hour medical care at home.
    'This hasn't just happened in the last week, it's been building up after Anni's death and obviously what happened would have traumatised anybody.
    'We are hoping he will be home soon but he is very, very fragile, both physically and psychologically.'
    Menzi Simelani, director of prosecutions in South Africa, has said: 'This is a pure criminal matter of somebody who murdered his wife while he should be celebrating his honeymoon.
    'The facts here are that the accused, who is sought to be extradited, came to the country and committed what is a very heinous crime.'
    His wife Anni died in a carjacking on their honeymoon which Mr Dewani is accused of ordering.  He denies any involvement.
    The carjackers' driver Zola Tongo, 31, was jailed for 18 years but claimed the honeymooner had paid him to have his wife killed.
    Xolile Mngeni and Mziwamadoda Qwabe will appear before a judge on Friday accused of murder, robbery and kidnap following the killing in the Gugulethu township.

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    Monday, February 21, 2011

    Murder of Anni Dewani

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    Anni Dewani
    BornAnni Hindocha
    c. 1982
    Mariestad, Sweden
    Disappeared13 November 2010 (aged 28)
    Gugulethu, South Africa
    Cause of deathGunshot to neck
    Body discovered14 November 2010(2010-11-14)
    Lingelethu West, South Africa
    ResidenceWestbury-on-Trym, Bristol, England
    Known forMurder victim
    PartnerShrien Dewani
    Anni Dewani (née Hindocha; c. 1982), was a Swedish-born ethnic Indian Hindu woman, who while on her honeymoon in South Africa, taking a taxi on a slum tourism trip through Gugulethu township near Cape Town on 13 November 2010, was kidnapped and then murdered. Taxi driver Zola Robert Tongo later admitted murder in a plea bargain, and was sentenced on 7 December 2010, to 18 years in jail. Two further defendants, Xolile Mnguni, 23, and Mziwamadoda Qwabe, 25, face charges of murder, aggravated robbery and kidnapping.
    In his admission of guilt statement, Tongo alleged that Dewani's husband, British national Shrien Dewani of Bristol, had offered him a sum of US Dollars to murder his wife.[1] South African authorities are currently trying to extradite Shrien back to South Africa via the British legal system, while Shrien Dewani continues to claim innocence within the kidnap and murder plot. Shrien Dewani's family described the allegations of Tongo as "totally ludicrous."[2]



    [edit] Background

    [edit] Anni Dewani

    The Hindocha family, Hindus living in Uganda, were forced to leave the country in the early 1970s after ruler Idi Amin expelled them. Granted residence in Sweden, they settled in Mariestad, where their daughter Anni was born and raised. After training as an engineer, she joined Ericsson.[3]

    [edit] Shrien Dewani

    Shrien Dewani was born in Bristol, and raised at the family home in Westbury-on-Trym. Educated at Bristol Grammar School and the University of Manchester, he qualified as a chartered accountant with Deloitte, working in the City of London. In 2005 he resigned his position, to help found and run his families chain of PSP Healthcare old peoples homes.[4][5]

    [edit] Marriage

    Anni Hindocha visited her cousin Sneha in Luton, England in 2009, and met Shrien Dewani through mutual friends. Their first formal date was to watch The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre in London's West End, and they then alternated their weekend meetings between Bristol and Stockholm. After gaining permission from her family, Shrien proposed to Anni at the Hôtel Ritz, Paris, in June 2010, with a £25,000 diamond engagement ring balanced on a red rose.[6] Shortly afterwards, Anni moved to Bristol to help her fiancé run his families care home business. Under her maiden name, in 2010 Anni entered Bristol's Top Model competition.[3] The couple married at the Lake Pavani resort outside Mumbai, India, on 29 October.[5] 200 guests attended the traditional three day Hindu marriage event.[7] In 2011 they were planning a civil ceremony in the UK, for friends who could not attend the Indian ceremony.[6]

    [edit] Murder

    After landing at Cape Town International Airport on 7 November, the couple took an internal flight, and stayed for four nights at the Kruger National Park.[4] On 12 November, the couple returned to Cape Town International Airport, and were then driven by Zola Tongo to the five-star Cape Grace hotel.[8]
    Shrien then commented to the South African Police Service and the press, that his wife had wanted to see the real Africa. They decided to traveled to Mzoli's BBQ restaurant, as recommended by chef Jamie Oliver in his magazine that year. Located in the Gugulethu township, the couple arranged to be driven there by Tongo in his VW Sharan taxi.[9]
    But after dining at a restaurant in Strand, and while being driven around the township while undertaking slum tourism, Shrien stated that the taxi had been hijacked by two armed men, who removed Tongo.[5] Now held at gunpoint, the couple were driven around the township, being told by the kidnappers: "We are not going to hurt you. We just want the car."[8] After 20 minutes, at a distance of 11 miles (18 km) from the original hijacking, after being threatened at gunpoint Shrien was thrown out of the back window of the moving taxi.[10]
    After Shrien flagged down a passing car and contacted the police, a police helicopter spotted the Sharan taxi abandoned 2 miles (3.2 km) away in the township of Khayelitsha.[7] At 07:50 on the morning of 14 November, Anni Dewani was found dead inside the back of the VW Sharan in Lingelethu West.[11] Severely beaten and brusied, she had suffered a single gunshot wound to her neck. Police later confirmed that Anni's Giorgio Armani wristwatch, a white-gold and diamond bracelet, her handbag and her BlackBerry mobile phone were missing assumed stolen.[12][13]

    [edit] Investigation

    Anni Dewani's body was taken to Cape Town hospital. Subject to a post mortem, the examination found that Anni had died from a single gunshot wound to the neck, which had severed an artery, but that she was not sexually assaulted. During this period, after being joined by members of his family, Shrien gave interviews to both the police and the press, where he commented that it was his wife's idea to visit the township and see the "real Africa".[14] On the 17 November, Anni Dewani's body was released by the South African authorities, and returned to the United Kingdom on a British Airways flight, accompanied by her husband. She was buried in Bristol in a traditional Hindu ceremony on 21/22 November.[2]
    The high-profile case was given to the Police Hawks investigation unit, led by Captain Paul Hendrikse.[15] On 17 November, the South African police arrested Xolile Mnguni followed two days later by the arrest of Mziwamadoda Qwabe and taxi driver Zola Tongo.[10] All three were charged on 20 November with: aggravated robbery; kidnapping; and the murder of Anni Dewani.[2] On the same day, police begin briefing local South African media that the shooting was a "planned hit," after they had arrested a fourth man, who had acted as an intermediary between Tongo and the two kidnappers.[15] They also asked Shrien to return to South Africa, to attend an identity parade.[2][13]
    The day after his family hired Max Clifford as their press public relations interface, Shrien issued a press statement in which he said: "I searched high and low for my perfect partner … why would I want to kill her?" Within the statement, Shrien provides an adjusted time line account from previous media comments that he had made on the kidnapping:[2]
    • The driver, not his wife, suggested the visit to the township
    • He and his wife were held in the car for 40 minutes, not 20, before he was thrown out
    Ashok Hindocha, Anni's uncle and a spokesman for the Hindocha family, voiced his concerns about the investigation, asking South African police to investigate the murder further. He then challenged Shrien to return to South Africa, commenting that South African police should not rule anyone out of the investigation.[2]
    On 25 November, Shrien's brother Preyen Dewani issued a statement saying that his brother was afraid that he would be wrongly blamed for the murder in order to save the reputation of South Africa, to protect tourism revenues.[2] Max Clifford later commented that Shrien was heavily sedated and being watched by doctors, was not a suspect in the murder, and had not been asked to return to South Africa. South African prosecutors later confirmed to local press that Shrien was not presently a suspect.[2]

    [edit] Conviction of Zola Tongo

    On December 3, Xolile Mnguni and Mziwamadoda Qwabe via their lawyers claimed that they were physically assaulted by police.[2] Shrien’s South African lawyer, Billy Gundelfinger, then withdrew from the pending case against the three arrested suspects,[16] and soon afterwards dropped Shrien as a client.[17]
    On December 7, appearing in the Western Cape High Court under a plea bargain arrangement, Zola Tongo said that Anni Dewani was "murdered at the instance of her husband," after Shrien Dewani had offered him £1,300 (15,000 Rand) to have his wife killed. Max Clifford in a press release to British media, on behalf of Shrien and the Dewani family, stated that the claims made by Tongo have "absolutely no substance."[2] Outlining both the terms of Tongo's plea bargain and the state's case, state prosecutor Rodney de Kock advised Judge President John Hlophe that: "The alleged hijacking was in fact not a hijacking, but part of a plan of subterfuge which Shrien Dewani, the husband of the deceased, and the accused had designed to conceal the true facts, to wit: that the deceased was murdered at the instance of her husband."[18] De Kock confirmed that Tongo, who had been pre-booked by Shrien's personal assistant,[19] had driven the couple from Cape Town International Airport to the Cape Grace hotel on Friday, November 12. After their arrival, Tongo alleged that he and Shrien had a conversation in the hotel lobby:[18]
    After we arrived at the hotel, Shrien Dewani approached me alone and asked me if I knew anyone that could 'have a client of his taken off the scene'. After some discussion with him, I understood that he wanted someone, a woman, killed. He said he was willing to pay an amount of R15,000. Shrien Dewani said he had US dollars and could pay in US dollars. After contacting a friend, we agreed that Shrien Dewani and I would be ejected from the vehicle and that the female occupant had to be killed.
    The following day, the couple had relaxed by the hotel poolside, after which Shrien had suggested that the couple call their respective families. Tongo alleged in his written statement that while Anni called her family in Sweden, that he had met with Shrien to complete arrangements for the kidnapping and murder that evening, and that Tongo had driven Shrien to a Bureau de Change to exchange US dollars into rand.[19] That evening, Tongo then explained in his written statement that he had picked up the couple from the hotel and driven them via some of the cities main sights to the meeting point with his friends. But as his friends were not at the agreed kidnap location, Tongo drove the couple onwards to a Sushi restaurant in Somerset West,[19] where he alleged that Shrien reminded him via text message that the killing had to take place that evening. After the couple finished their meal and had walked on the local beach, Tongo drove the couple back towards the kidnap meeting point. During this journey, Tongo claimed he sent Shrien a text message reminding him about the money, receiving a reply that it was “in an envelope in a pouch behind the passenger seat.” After they returned to the meeting point, Mnguni and Qwabe were now in place, and hijacked the taxi.[18] For his part in the plot, Tongo alleges that he was to be paid R5,000 (£459) by Shrien, but told prosecutors that Shrien paid him only R1,000 (£92).[19]
    Tongo was subsequently jailed for 18 years in Malmesbury prison,[20] and is expected to give evidence in the trial of Mngeni and Qwabe in 2011. Max Clifford, on behalf of Shrien and the Dewani family, again repeated that the claims of Tongo were "absolutely, 100 per cent ludicrous and deeply offensive."[18]

    [edit] Extradition of Shrien Dewani

    After he had surrendered himself at a Bristol police station, Shrien was arrested at 22.38 on the 8 December 2010, by police officers from the Metropolitan Police's extradition unit. They were acting under a provisional arrest warrant issued that day after being provided by evidence from the South African authorities via the High Commission in London, issued on "suspicion of conspiring with others to murder Mrs Anni Dewani on 13 November."[16][21]
    South Africa’s Congress of Trade Unions issued a statement: “Let us hope that the swift and efficient way in which this case has been dealt with, and the fact that it is now becoming clear that it was planned by a non-South African, will help to restore the country’s reputation.” Friends of Shrien suggested that he was being “stitched up” as a suspect, claiming that the South African authorities were trying to make the murder more complex than a tourist hijacking. Max Clifford on behalf of Shrien and the Dewani family commented: “Let the South African police contact Shrien to explain and also reveal what evidence there is to substantiate these accusations from a man who had admitted his part in a murder.”[16]
    On the morning of 9 December, Shrien's British lawyer Clare Montgomery commented that "Shrien Dewani had no involvement in the death of his wife Anni."[22] Appearing that afternoon at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court, Shrien told the court that he did not consent to being extradited.[12] Ben Watson, the British lawyer representing the South African government, disclosed that Shrien had withdrawn £1,000 in cash on his Mastercard before the murder,[23] including £800 on the evening of 13 November.[24][25] Watson further alleged that Shrien claimed in conversation with the kidnappers that he had undertaken a contract killing before in South Africa, but Shrien's lawyer Montgomery denied he had ever been to South Africa before the honeymoon. The court was subsequently shown a copy of his passport, issued in 2006, confirming that Shrien had not been there in that time.[25] Shrien was then granted bail, posted at £250,000, lodged by his family. However, the Crown Prosecution Service acting on behalf of the South African authorities lodged an appeal, which meant that Shrien spent the night of 9 December in Wandsworth Prison.[12]
    On the afternoon of 10 December, at a hearing at the High Court, Watson told Mr Justice Ouseley that CCTV footage from the Cape Grace hotel showed Shrien:[23]
    • Meeting Tongo twice in his taxi in the carpark of the Cape Grace on 12 December, the night before the killing, when Tongo claims Shrien asked him to hire a hitmen to kill a woman
    • Having a series of meetings with Tongo inside the hotel, without his Anni, in the 24 hours before the killing
    • Handing Tongo a package of cash on 16 November,[15] three days after the murder, having just previously been sitting beside his grieving father-in-law, Vinod Hindoach. Tongo is then seen entering the hotel toilets, where he counted the money.[15]
    Watson further stated that South African police had written confessions from shop workers in a black market currency exchange, who had identified Shrien and Tongo, and that Shrien had changed USD$1,500 with them. Watson stated that South African police believed that this was an additional sum on top of the already identified £1,000 Shrien had withdrawn from cash points: "The evidence suggests there was a second source of funds that Mr Dewani sought out that has, in our submission, all the hallmarks of an illegitimate transaction."[23] Shrien was released on bail to his family home, subject to: surrendering his passport; observe a double curfew, between 10am and 2pm and 10pm and 2am (i.e., day and night); electronic tagging; not apply for any international travel documents; report at his local police station every evening.[26]
    Asked to comment on the case while on a visit to Limpopo province, South African national police commissioner, Bheki Cele, said: "One monkey came from London to kill his wife here. He thought we South Africans were stupid. Don't kill people here." Local legal commentators later suggested that while Cele's comments would not directly lead to defence calls for an unfair trial, the police could prejudice the case.[17] Helen Zille, the premier of Western Cape province, commented that Shrien must be extradited: “I can't believe there is such evil in the world. This evil appears to have been compounded by the abuse of South Africans.”[27] Chloe Spelling, a South African national tourist who met the couple while they were staying at the Kruger national park, said in an interview with the News of the World that the couple had acted strangely, and not like a typical just-married couple.[28]
    On New Years Eve, five friends of Anni issued an open letter to Shrien via The Sun newspaper, in which they said: “You state that you are innocent of these allegations so please go back to Cape Town to prove to the South African police why they’ve got it wrong.” The letter urged Shrien to avoid engaging in a media battle, and instead focus on what happened on November 13–14.[29] The Dewani family set up a memorial fund for Anni Dewani, which they proposed would be used to build a school in her memory in India. However, on 8 January, Ashok Hindocha said in a press release that the Hindocha family had not been consulted over the plans, describing the project as a “PR campaign” to bolster Shrien’s image.[30]
    On 17 January, family friend of the Dewani's Hasmukh Velji Shah appeared on BBC Inside Out West, to comment that Shrien had not ruled out returning to South Africa, if certain guarantees could be made, including local bail.[28][31] However, in the same programme, the South African Minister for Justice and Constitutional Development Jeff Radebe told the BBC "As far as we are concerned, Mr Dewani, if he comes before a competent court in South Africa, will receive a fair trial."[31] On 18 January, South African Police Commissioner, Bheki Cele, said detectives knew why Anni had been killed. Senior Investigating Officer Lt-Col Mike Barkhuizen had been sent to London to investigate both leads and further evidence, and would attend the scheduled pre-extradition hearing on 20 January, at which the South African Police would be willing to reveal the evidence should Shrien resist extradition.[32]
    On 20 January, Shrien was due to appear before an extradition pre-hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court. However, he did not attend the hearing, and the court was told by his lawyer that Shrien had been diagnosed as suffering with both an acute stress disorder and a depressive adjustment disorder by a psychiatrist. Watson, for the South African authorities, told the court that Shrien was presently facing charges in South Africa of: conspiracy to murder; murder; kidnapping; robbery with aggravated circumstances; and obstruction of the administration of justice.[33] The full extradition hearing was adjourned by the Chief Magistrate to 8 February at Belmarsh Magistrates' Court, for which an extension to Shrien's bail was granted.[34]

    [edit] Media coverage

    In South Africa, media coverage in the case was high from the discovery of the body. With an economy reliant on the influx of tourists, tour operators reported an immediate drop in bookings, as potential visitors were made aware of the country's high murder rate: on average, 46 per day. Secondly, concern was expressed at many levels that the killing would negate the goodwill resulting from the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[35] The assignment of the Police Hawks team and the early arrests, conviction and statement implicating Shrien Dewani only added further fuel to media coverage. Local media debate surrounds the following angles:[36]
    • How the character of Anni Dewani affected the view of Shrien towards his wife.
    • If Shrien is guilty, whether the case is a transnational version of American murders in which white people drive to a black neighbourhoods to commit crimes?
    • Racism within the British media, assuming that the South African police were incompetent. Alleged police torture also was not seen as helping the international standing of the South Africa justice system.
    • The level of crime in the townships, reviving the debate which Hungarian scholar Anna Selmeczi called the "social abandonment of the poor." There had been 700 murders in the past five years in Gugulethu.

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