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Husband of slain Swedish bride out on bail

AFP/The Local · 10 Dec 2010, 14:50

Published: 10 Dec 2010 14:50 GMT+01:00

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South Africa wants to extradite 30-year-old Shrien Dewani on suspicion of paying to have his wife Anni, a native of Mariestad in central Sweden, killed in a carjacking during their honeymoon in Cape Town.

Lawyers for the South African authorities had argued that there were substantial grounds for suspecting Dewani would not surrender for an extradition hearing later this month were he allowed bail.

But High Court judge Duncan Ouseley disagreed and allowed his application.

Dewani strongly denies any involvement in the murder and told the earlier court hearing in London that he did not agree to the extradition.

He had been held at Wandsworth Prison in south London since appearing Wednesday at City of Westminster Magistrates Court on an extradition warrant.

The care home owner had handed himself in to a police station in Bristol, southwest England, on Tuesday.

His release from custody was stringent bail conditions, including the payment of a £250,000 ($400,000) cash surety.

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His 28-year-old wife was killed on November 13th after the couple's taxi was reportedly hijacked outside Cape Town.

In a South African court on Tuesday, taxi driver Zola Tongo said he was offered 15,000 rand ($2,175) by Dewani to kill his wife.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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16:43 December 10, 2010 by DamnImmigrant
What is the Motive?
18:02 December 10, 2010 by GLO
Really, Where did the bail money come from, did she have money? Bet it's money !!!
18:06 December 10, 2010 by meanroy
Good question!

I've been following the story and the evidence seems a little shaky to me.

I find it quite interesting that he is out on bail while Assange remains locked up.

It doesn't seem to be related to the seriousness of the offense, I wonder what it does relate to. ;)

19:37 December 10, 2010 by Ranjit T Edward
According to the BBC he is from an extremely well to do family and is a millionaire himself. 250K, they could have raised with just a few phone calls.

The absence of a motive, or nothing said yet, makes it so bizarre.
21:30 December 10, 2010 by ISayWhatPeopleThink
From the first article published on TL:

"A Swedish woman on honeymoon in South Africa with her British millionaire husband has been found dead following a carjacking incident outside of Cape Town."

So he was the one with the money, as Ranjit pointed out. The bail money was probably easy for him to come by considering his wealth.

Only motive I can think of (barring life insurance fraud) is perhaps the marriage soured right after the wedding and the groom got cold feet just a tad bit late. If he didn't have a pre-nup he may have assumed taking her out was cheaper than risking losing a fortune in divorce proceedings, and figured murder was his way out of his "Tiger and Elin"-ish dilemma. Lose a bunch to the wifey, or lose a little to a hitman. *shrug*
06:40 December 11, 2010 by jackx123
Guilty as sin. Nail the MF to the cross. From Daily Mail......

"The High Court heard that newly recovered CCTV footage showed Dewani having two meetings with Tongo on the eve of the murder. The next day two witnesses saw the men visiting a black market currency exchange, the hearing was told.

Mr Watson said: 'There is new evidence taken under oath that Mr Dewani exchanged $1,500 [£949] for South African rand on the morning of Saturday, November 13, at a black market currency dealer where no identity documents are required.'

The cash was described as a 'dirty fund' which Dewani could keep secret.

Mr Watson said: 'A further claim made by Tongo is that he went to the Cape Grace Hotel on November 16 and was handed 1,000 rand (£92) by Mr Dewani as payment for his wife's murder. That is also now supported by video footage. That video footage depicts Mr Tongo surreptitiously receiving a white plastic package

'An affidavit from Vinod Hindocha, the father-in-law, who was with Mr Dewani at that time, confirms that Mr Dewani left his company without explanation after receiving a call. That has been confirmed from telephone records.

'There can be no proper explanation for that transactions and the manner in which it was conducted.'

But Clare Montgomery QC said that any cash paid to Tongo was merely for his services as a driver and tour guide"

Why would you meet the driver 3 days after your wife has been murdered?????
20:50 December 11, 2010 by Deodar
yep he got the bail...........ha haaaaa but julian assange (wikileaks) in prison how funny world?????
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