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Slain Swedish bride's husband arrested

AFP/The Local · 8 Dec 2010, 06:44

Published: 08 Dec 2010 06:44 GMT+01:00

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Shrien Dewani, 30, surrendered himself to authorities in Bristol, southwest England, late Tuesday and was detained by London police in connection with the killing of his wife in South Africa.

He is accused of hatching a plot to murder 28-year-old Anni Dewani, a native of Mariestad in central Sweden, who was killed after the car in which the pair was travelling was reportedly hijacked on the outskirts of Cape Town on November 13th.

"Officers from the Metropolitan Police Service's Extradition Unit have... arrested Shrien Prakash Dewani, 30, on behalf of the South African authorities," said a statement from the London force.

It noted the allegation against him: "On 13 November 2010, in Cape Town, South Africa, conspired with others to murder Anni Dewani."

He was due to appear in a London court later Wednesday.

Shrien Dewani's alleged involvement in the murder emerged in a South African court on Tuesday, marking a sensational twist in the killing of his young wife whose bullet-riddled body was found in an impoverished township neighbourhood.

He returned to Britain days after the incident in which he was unharmed and has denied involvement, but the court heard allegations he connived with a taxi driver to stage a robbery and have his wife shot dead.

Three men were originally charged with the murder but as part of a plea bargain the High Court in Cape Town heard one of the accused allege that the husband ordered the killing.

"The deceased was murdered at the instance of her husband," Western Cape director of public prosecutions Rodney de Kock told judge John Hlophe in court, South African national news agency SAPA reported.

The claim that Dewani plotted the murder was made by Zola Tongo, the driver of the taxi in which the couple were travelling in near Cape Town.

Tongo was sentenced to 18 years in jail on Tuesday after pleading guilty to murder and aggravated robbery, as the victim's father looked on and wept.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Eric Ntabazalila told AFP that Tongo had given evidence that he was approached by the Briton and promised 15,000 rand ($2,175) "to remove someone off the scene."

"After some discussion with him I understood that he wanted someone, a woman, killed," said Tongo in a sworn statement.

He enlisted two accomplices to conduct the murder, according to Ntabazalila.

Tongo's plea bargain documents reveal that the hijacking was part of a plan devised together with Dewani to conceal the murder.

"Threatening me and Shrien Dewani with a firearm was a mere pretence of force...." he said.

The two other men accused of Dewani's killing are due to face trial on February 25th.

Prior to the killing, the honeymooners had dined in a seaside restaurant in a town outside Cape Town and were on their way back to the city when Anni Dewani asked to see township nightlife, according to reports at the time.

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But court documents released on Tuesday said this was part of a plan of subterfuge concocted by the victim's husband and Tongo.

Tongo told the court he carefully went through the hijacking and murder details with Dewani, even taking him to a black market foreign exchange dealer in Cape Town to arrange payment and avoid a bank audit trail.

"The agreement was that after the hijacking of the vehicle, Shrien Dewani and I would be ejected from the vehicle unharmed... the deceased would be kidnapped and robbed, before she was murdered."

Shrien Dewani's family have lashed out at the claim of his involvement in the killing.

"These allegations are totally ludicrous and very hurtful to a young man who is grieving the loss of the woman he loved, his chosen life partner," the family said in a statement.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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09:05 December 8, 2010 by Ravioli
Good to see the murderer got 18 years at least. I'm so used to reading about murders getting 20 months and whatnot. I can't think of a punishment awful enough for this husband, if the above story is true.
09:52 December 8, 2010 by Bringer
When I first heard this story, I felt the husband had to have been involved. That's messed up.
11:48 December 8, 2010 by Marc the Texan
I felt the husband was involved when I first heard it as well. Very messed up.
12:05 December 8, 2010 by l33tshane
i didnt think he was involved when i first heard it. wasn't the woman raped first? that would go against the theory of him being involved i think.
12:15 December 8, 2010 by jackx123
the very odd thing is:

1. he walks away without a scratch

2. he is left alive to become a possible witness against a coming potential crime

3. she is "executed" military style with a bullet in the neck

under any normal circumstance the villains would kill both victims to eradicate any potential witness and subsequent arrest.

the husband is in my opinion highly suspect to have ordered the killing in line with the prosecutor.

we have to remember the prosecutors in SA have heard any lie under the biggest sun by criminals and they are probably sure of this allegation beyond reasonable doubt.
12:36 December 8, 2010 by know
I can´t beleive
12:39 December 8, 2010 by wenddiver
Look at the picture he had obviously become too British and she was just way to Swedish. Incompatible.
13:11 December 8, 2010 by philk
Apparently she didn't suffer any other attack or injury - so was an "execution"....but what was in it for the husband? He was the one the money...if he didn't want her, why go through with the wedding? We've not heard the last of this one - more twists and turns to come...
13:40 December 8, 2010 by randommr
There is a culture thing the Indians have called a "Dowry", in India some wives have been burned to death because their family did not give a dowry that the husband´s family thought was good enough.

Maybe that applies here.

He should be prosecuted to the fullest if he is guilty.
13:44 December 8, 2010 by Roy E
Yes, she looks very Swedish. Absolutely. No doubt about it. And he very British.
15:14 December 8, 2010 by VicTaulic
You led us to believe she was an Erin Norberg type blond. Or I thought so. That she is Indian puts a whole other dimension on this. Indian men kill their wives all the time- though it is not publicized much. Sad but true. When you marry an Indian, that's the culture you buy into. Maybe you can describe foreign "Swedes" as "non-blond Swedish citizens." Kind of a "nudge nudge, wink wink" thing.
15:17 December 8, 2010 by Syftfel
Thank for showing the picture. We should have known. Now it all fits together.
15:47 December 8, 2010 by Rizwan Rahim
"Love Lies and Murder".......

Seems Dowry is not the matter i guess but .....a internal family conflict could have erupted or perhaps insurance !!!!! still its difficult to prove the mans involvement in the murder in light of SA law without tangible proofs.

@TheOriginalBlackMan. thanks to ur out of box thought on 15 Nov.
16:45 December 8, 2010 by ironman294
Damn you guys are so racist saying such things.

Especially since sweden has more diversity now, than ever.

He waqs from Britain and She Sweden, what you are saying they can only be white in order to be from those countries?

I am the last one to be politically correct, but I am willing to call some of you out as RACIST.

A woman was killed and all you can do is comment on their ethnicity. Well if he is tried in South Africa, he will get real jail time. In Sweden he would get a slap on the wrist 6 months in jail and pay a fine of 300,000 Kronor.

I love so much of svensk kultur and the girls, but there's so much that's wrong with the mentality there.
17:22 December 8, 2010 by Swedesmith
If he is found guilty, I hope he wears the same get-up to prison. He will be very popular.
19:55 December 8, 2010 by Rahelli
i though she is swedeish and he is british but both are immgrant any way its sooooooooooooooooo sad i am very sad from the base of my heart this day its not easy to belive some one
20:08 December 8, 2010 by Swedish123
Not be racist but for what I see in the picture noneofthem seems Swedish.

Just a bunch of immigrants killing each other. Just live them.
20:24 December 8, 2010 by Tusker
@ Swedesmith.....ouch!

Doing a long sentence in the rape epicentre of the world

He will be going on a longgggggggg second "Honeymoon" this time
21:09 December 8, 2010 by Swedesmith
On the plus side, his bowel movements should be much easier in the future....
02:35 December 9, 2010 by Roy E
@ ironman294 #14

I'm afraid that your are the one who is completely wrong in trying to change the meaning of words, rendering them empty and meaningless.
07:05 December 9, 2010 by wenddiver
He is going to make somebody a very stylish wife in Prison. Hopefully he is going tobe able to modify his prison uniform into something just as flamboyant., so he doesn't have to wear a bikini made of towels the whole time.

Should be a very exciting life experience for a little Indian dude. Maybe he'll meet some nice Prison Gang that will tatoo their name all over him, so other Prisioners ill know he is their wife.
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