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Slain Swede's husband wanted 'a way out'

AFP/The Local · 4 May 2011, 07:26

Published: 04 May 2011 07:26 GMT+02:00

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Hugo Keith, a lawyer representing South African authorities, disclosed to Belmarsh Magistrate's Court that Shrien Dewani, 31, had previously told a witness he "needed a way out" of his marriage to Anni, his 28-year-old wife, a native of Mariestad in central Sweden.

"Dewani told (the unnamed witness) in April 2010 how he was engaged and had to get married," Keith said.

"He said although she was a nice, lovely girl who he liked, he could not break out of the engagement because he would be disowned by his family.

"He went on to say to the witness he needed to find a way out of it," added the lawyer.

Dewani was allowed to leave court early on medical grounds and returned to Fromeside Clinic, a secure mental health unit in Bristol, south west England, where he is being held on bail.

He was detained there last month after being kicked out of another hospital for disruptive and aggressive behaviour.

An expert on South Africa's prison system warned that if extradited, Dewani would be targeted by prisoners due to rumours about his sexuality.

"He's likely to be very vulnerable to sexual violence because of certain of his characteristics," Sasha Gear, from Johannesburg's Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, said by video link.

"The connections that have been made with homosexuality put him at additional risk," she added. "Inmates perceived to be gay are very vulnerable in prison and allegations of homosexuality ... put him at risk."

Anni Dewani, whose family live in Sweden, was shot and killed in a reported carjacking on the outskirts of Cape Town last November.

Speaking with the London Times newspaper, Anni's father Vinod Hindocha expressed hope that Dewani's trial would shed light on the circumstances of his daughter's death.

"We hope and pray we will get all of the answers soon to what really happened to my Anni," he told the newspaper.

"We know that we shall never hear Anni's voice again, but she is in everybody's thoughts and we miss her. Time heals all wounds, but this one gets deeper and deeper. We hope we shall be relieved from the torture soon and get the answers we are begging for."

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Zola Tongo, the driver of the taxi in which the young bride and her husband were travelling, said he was paid 1,500 rand ($220) for his role in the murder.

He was sentenced to 18 years in jail after he turned state's witness and implicated Shrien Dewani in plotting to kill his wife.

Dewani denies any involvement.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

08:25 May 4, 2011 by karex
Arranged marriages don't work in today's society any longer. It's such a tragedy which seems could have been avoided.
08:48 May 4, 2011 by DJECKY
I dont actually know what these scandinavian ladies are seeing is these easterners with wanderfull life style and tradition,some get marry and husband becomes suicide bomber others do all types of hurrible things but when we Black Africans ask thier hand in marriage they refued that they dont want a blackman, .OK ladies enjoy yourselves.

no comment.
09:01 May 4, 2011 by RitaPita
@djekcy... you're an idiot, this news article isn't about you.

Go share your troubles on your facebook page.
09:40 May 4, 2011 by this_aint_sparta

That happens not coz you are black but coz you are dumb.
12:04 May 4, 2011 by Swedesmith
Now he will want a way out of prison. And in a couple of years, he probably will be.
12:13 May 4, 2011 by jomamas
Multiculturalism is such a great value.
13:20 May 4, 2011 by Observour

Why speak as though you are the mouth piece of Africa. I know many black men and women who married from Sweden...ever heared of Kofi Annan the former UN Sec. Gen from Ghana who married a Swede....I don't think you can speak for him and other serious Africans.

I think you got to work on yourself and leave Asians alone.
14:43 May 4, 2011 by Rishonim
DJecky. Indians are black with straight hair :-)))))))))))))).. Still, your comment is really Djerky....
15:06 May 4, 2011 by Roy E
It's really a tragedy what happened to this Indian woman, but there is absolutely nothing Swedish about this story.
16:22 May 4, 2011 by Marc the Texan
"An expert on South Africa's prison system warned that if extradited, Dewani would be targeted by prisoners due to rumours about his sexuality."

So what's the problem? That's what prison life is about. And he's getting off easy.
18:23 May 4, 2011 by Swedesmith
Scumbags come in all shapes and sizes...and cultures. This poor woman met the wrong dude.
19:34 May 4, 2011 by helveeta
This is so sad and they are such a handsome couple. But I agree with Roy E, they aren't "Swedish" and the story here is reported like they are. Swedish is a race of people, these are Swedish citizens not Swedes. If I moved to Kenya and became a citizen, I would not be referred to as a "Kenyan," right? I guess Sweden wants to dilute its people and be like America where an "American" could be any race. It's sad because Sweden has such a rich history and old traditions and they are throwing it all away and I don't know why???
20:50 May 4, 2011 by TheOriginalBlackMan
Wow I am Black man and can't seem to get rid of these albino broads? Funny.

As for history and Swedes being diluted...update....all other races are but DILUTED variations of the Black African family. Get it right racist dummies.
03:07 May 5, 2011 by Da Goat
by the look of her I would be looking for a way in not out! He should have just sent her my way. I would have taken good care of her. maybe he could not afford earplugs LOL

we are not diluted blacks but we are all brothers some have lots of melanin and some less and because we are all human we are of the same created kind!
12:26 May 5, 2011 by helveeta
I agree @Da Goat. I wasn't referring to diluted as in color of skin, I meant culturally. TheOriginalBlackMan has problems, obviously.
13:55 May 5, 2011 by jamesblish
Roy E: Indian? She was a swedish woman.

It's a sad story. I hope he ends up in jail where he belongs. "He's likely to be very vulnerable to sexual violence because of certain of his characteristics," Sasha Gear, from Johannesburg's Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, said by video link.
14:52 May 5, 2011 by Roy E

Only if you accept the premise that 'Swedish' is a meaningless term.
15:15 May 5, 2011 by Rick Methven
@Roy E

What do you about Sweden or being Swedish?

Can you find it on a map or did you come on this forum thinking as most dumb Americans that Sweden and Switzerland are one and the same
15:31 May 5, 2011 by Roy E
I know it's more than who issues your passport.
16:45 May 5, 2011 by helveeta
@jamesblish, she was obviously of Indian descent. Not only does she look Indian, she's wearing traditional Indian clothing and makeup was in an arranged marriage! Ain't nothin' "Swedish" about that!
19:09 May 5, 2011 by jamesblish
Yeah, so what if she was of indian descent? She was a swedish citizen afaik and there's nothing strange about The Local or any other paper running stories on this. What's your effing point?

The guy's a psycho. Culture only goes so far in explaining why this happened. I get it, he didn't want to bail out because of family pressure. Doesn't mean you can order a person killed though. Guy's an a-hole and should be punished severely. It would be good to see him jailed not only because of what he did but because it would give hope to other people who've had family members murdered by people who have, since, went back to whatever backwards country they came from, to hide from justice.
20:04 May 5, 2011 by helveeta
@jamesblish, the point is we're saying the article claims she is "Swedish" when she's clearly not of the Swedish race. Stop being coy. Grow up.

We all agree the situation is terrible and no one is saying anything racist here, just get over it.
21:06 May 5, 2011 by jamesblish
No one is sayiny anything racist and yet you just claimed that being swedish has to do with race? Talk about biting your own tail. This is a ridiculous argument in the first place.

Being swedish has nothing to do with race. The only thing that matters here btw, is whether the readers of the Local think it's an interesting story and apparently they think she's swedish enough to read the article so case closed.
21:43 May 5, 2011 by helveeta
Racist = a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others.

Race = A local geographic or global human population distinguished as a more or less distinct group by genetically transmitted physical characteristics.

Also, it's not an interesting story, it's a tragedy.
17:12 May 6, 2011 by Dave N
So all races are just "diluted" Black Africans? Funny, but Charles Darwin called this process evolution not dilution.
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