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Court delays Swedish bride murder trial

AFP/The Local · 10 Feb 2012, 11:52

Published: 10 Feb 2012 11:52 GMT+01:00

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Prosecutors want to add Anni's husband, businessman Shrien Dewani, as a third defendant for her November 2010 murder. A London court last year authorised his extradition to South Africa, but he has appealed and prosecutors are awaiting a decision on the appeal.

"We have not been given a date as to when" the decision on the appeal would come down, said prosecutor Shireen Riley.

The matter was postponed for a further pre-trial hearing on April 13th.

First accused Xolile Mngeni, who underwent surgery to remove a brain tumour last year, and the second defendant, Mziwamadoda Qwabe, were both remanded in custody.

The state will request DNA samples from both accused, Riley said.

The postponement is the latest in the murder case, in which Anni's husband Shrien is accused of masterminding her death in a botched car hijacking while the couple were honeymooning in Cape Town.

"If it comes positive for us, we'll add him as accused number three," regional prosecutions spokesman Eric Ntabazalila told AFP.

Three men were originally charged with the killing but the couple's driver Zola Tongo was jailed for 18 years after turning state witness and pleading guilty. He claims Dewani had ordered the car-jacking and paid him.

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Dewani is currently receiving treatment for depression and stress and has denied all wrongdoing.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

21:51 February 10, 2012 by sureiam
MOTIVE??? for him killing her? still dont get the case, how one kills his bride in a strange country in such a ridiculious way??? What ridiculious motive could it be?
22:03 February 10, 2012 by Summer Dreams
honor killing!

hehe right?
09:24 February 11, 2012 by zooeden
Thank you for following this absurd stroy the local, thank you, now get a life!!!
15:19 February 25, 2012 by allesklar
@surelam The South Africa police are confident they know the motive. It needs very little research on internet to discover all the sordid details.

@zooeden You say this is absurd. What do you know about it? This case has received worldwide support of more than 10,000 signatures demanding the accused return from the UK where he is hiding, and face a proper trial in a court of law. If the accusations are true, it would be one of the most shocking crimes where a young innocent woman on her honeymoon was betrayed by the one person in the world she should have been able to trust above all others.

It is a shame that the family of this young Swedish woman gets sympathy from worldwide, but apparently not from the Swedes?
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