Brit Walks in Honeymoon Murder of His Wife

Shrien Dewani cleared of all charges in South Africa in 2010 death of Anni Dewani
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 8, 2014 8:23 AM CST
Brit Walks in Honeymoon Murder of His Wife
This undated file photo issued on Oct. 6, 2014, by the "Bristol Evening Post" shows Shrien Dewani and Anni Dewani.   (AP Photo/Bristol Evening Post via PA)

A British man accused of killing his wife while they were on their honeymoon in Cape Town was acquitted of murder today after a South African judge concluded that the prosecution's case didn't have sufficient evidence. Shrien Dewani promptly descended stairs leading out of the courtroom following the "not guilty" ruling by Cape Town High Court Judge Jeanette Traverso; his immediate whereabouts were not known. Dewani had been accused of arranging the 2010 murder of his wife, Anni. He had said she was killed during a botched carjacking.

Traverso delivered the ruling after deliberating for two weeks on arguments by Dewani's lawyers that the case should be dismissed due to a lack of evidence. She said the prosecution's case did not meet judicial standards requiring reasonable and probable cause to believe that the accused was guilty. "In my view, the evidence presented in this case falls far below this threshold," Traverso said. "The accused is found not guilty on this charge." The state's key witness, Zola Tongo, had said Dewani paid him to hire two men to carry out the murder. Traverso, however, said Tongo's testimony was riddled with contradictions. (More South Africa stories.)

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