Shrien Dewani was accused of killing his wife Anni Dewani during the couple’s honeymoon in South Africa. The millionaire businessman was freed after a judge halted his trial. He had not even had to testify.
Judge Jeanette Traverso ruled that the evidence against him was ‘riddled with contradictions’. But she added that it was ‘regrettable’ that so many things remained unclear surrounding the murder of Anni, who was shot in a staged carjacking as she was driven through a notorious township four years ago.
this is why the judge set him free:
Anni’s family fled Cape Town’s high court as the ruling was announced, and later wept as they declared: ‘The justice system has failed us.’ Her father Vinod has pledged to sue Dewani for not revealing his homosexuality and leading his daughter and the family into a marriage that was a sham.
On the court steps, Anni’s sister, Ami Denborg wept as she said: ‘The justice system has failed us. We came here looking for answers and we came here looking for the truth and all we got was more questions.
‘We never heard the full story of Shrien. We heard that Shrien has a led double life and that Anni knew nothing about it.
‘The knowledge of not ever knowing what happened to my dearest little sister on the 13th November 2010 is going to haunt me, my family, my brother, my parents for the rest of our lives.’
Dewani, who admitted sleeping with gay prostitutes during his courtship of Anni, was accused of plotting with taxi driver Zola Tongo to arrange for two hitmen to kill his new wife a fortnight after they married at a £200,000 wedding in India. Tongo, gunman Mziwamadoda Qwabe and middleman Monde Mbolombo all told the court that she was murdered at the request of her husband for a payment of £1,200. But the judge dismissed it as ‘improbable’ testimony of ‘self-confessed liars.’ She said: ‘It contained so many mistakes, lies and inconsistencies that one simply cannot know where the lies end and the truth begins.’
Culled from DAILY MAIL