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Police probe Dewani case link to 2007 murder

AFP/The Local · 13 Dec 2010, 07:49

Published: 13 Dec 2010 07:49 GMT+01:00

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The Sunday Times said Dr. Pox Raghavjee, was found shot dead in his car in Bhisho, a small town in the Eastern Cape region, in 2007, but nothing was stolen from him.

However, his widow, Heather Raghavjee, who travelled to Cape Town to comfort businessman Shrien Dewani after the murder of his wife Anni last month, said allegations of a link between the two killings were baseless.

"National police commissioner Bheki Cele confirmed yesterday that police were probing links between the 2007 killing of an Eastern Cape doctor to Anni's murder," said the Sunday Times.

Dewani was killed in a poor suburb outside Cape Town, after a taxi she was travelling in with her husband was hijacked during their honeymoon. The hijackers released Dewani and made off with his wife. Her body was later found with a single bullet to her neck.

Dewani's publicist Max Clifford has dismissed the possibility that his client is implicated in the murder of his wife or that of Raghavjee. Heather Raghavjee on Sunday expressed shock at the allegations in a statement issued by Clifford.

"Shrien Dewani is suffering from the tragic murder of his wife, which is made even more painful for him by horrible totally false accusations that have come out of South Africa today. There is absolutely no substance in these allegations, and my heart goes out to the young lad," said the statement.

Clifford earlier lashed out at the claims, branding them "flimsy and ridiculous."

"If it wasn't so tragic it would be a farce, a comedy. Heather Raghavjee flew from King William's Town in South Africa to Cape Town to try to comfort the family at the request of her daughter-in-law Alvita, who lives in the Bristol area and knew the Dewani family," he said.

"She had never met Shrien before in her life. But she experienced what he experienced when her husband, Dr. Pox Raghavjee, was shot dead in a carjacking three years earlier," he added.

One of the men who had been arrested for the killing, Zola Tongo, turned state witness and implicated Dewani in his wife's murder. He claimed that he was approached by the Briton whom he met at Cape Town airport and promised 15,000 rand ($2,175) "to remove someone off the


Tongo's plea bargain documents reveal that the attack was in fact part of a plan devised together with Dewani to conceal the murder. He claimed that Dewani mentioned he had arranged a fake hijacking in the country before.

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Police have also seized three sets of CCTV footage showing two separate meetings at a Cape Town hotel between Dewani and Tongo and records of text messages between the two men, which were exchanged before the murder, said the paper.

According to a Sunday Times special report, Dewani conned a luxury game lodge where the couple stayed before travelling to Cape Town to give him a discounted rate.

He pretended to be a travel consultant in order to qualify for a special accommodation rate at Chitwa Chitwa lodge, near the famous Kruger National Park. He paid 3,000 rand for three nights instead of a fee of 36,000 rand.

Dewani has denied any involvement in his wife's murder after his arrest in Bristol last week.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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12:20 December 13, 2010 by double concerto
Multiculture is great, you get all the worlds murderers and rapers in your country, but of course you will have to pay for them in free welfare handouts !!!
14:06 December 13, 2010 by Mikaeeel
I agree that its not easy to establish a multicultural society. Now this Indian guy belongs to a rich family but with criminal attitude, a typical Indian way of life style where women are beaten, raped and murdered without any hesitation. Now these bastards want to do same practices here in Sweden too.
14:58 December 13, 2010 by Syftfel
I want all you soft-hearted liberals who critisized me earlier on in this case to come in and beg for forgiveness You are to say: "Syftfel, you were right all along". - I've said it before I can safely say it again (as if recent events on Drottninggatan weren't proof enough), profiling does work! Society could save itself a lot of pesos if we stuck to profiling. I especially want to hear from registered social dems, their SSU henchmen, and the open-borders softees. Tell me where I'm wrong!
17:03 December 13, 2010 by scorpionair
Nice to have an expert on Indian culture here on the forum. Just goes on to show how some people walk around with their head in the asses... get a life....
20:41 December 13, 2010 by magudbe
good observation @scorpionair... I concur.
21:06 December 13, 2010 by Syftfel
And you know what scorpionair and magudbe, regardless of religion or ethnicity, profiling still works! PS the term "get a life" is usually thrown about by someone who knows they are on the losing side of an argument. (New York Times, July 17, 2010)
23:04 December 13, 2010 by double concerto
good observation @ syftel...I concur.

A lot of wet libs are going to have to learn the hard way about their crafty and devious guests. Who having come from hell hole countries, seem intent on turning europe into a hell hole in the same way.
00:20 December 14, 2010 by Joshe
The truth is that Not only in Indian society but also in whole south east Asia, where girls are married based on how much money she can bring with her to offer her new husband, is another cause of such crimes. But it was very sad and upsetting that a newly married girl with a lot of sweet dreams, ended up in this way.
10:19 December 14, 2010 by RobinHood

"Tell me where I'm wrong!"

You are wrong because this man has not yet been convicted of murdering his wife (or the unfortunately named Doctor Pox), and is entitled to a presumption of innocence until he has been.
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