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Shrien Dewani Case Thrown Out of Court

Bitter DawnCape Town High Court Judge Jeanette Traverso has ruled that Shrien Dewani is not guilty of plotting the murder of his wife Anni while on honeymoon in South Africa in 2010.

Anni was murdered in a hijacking in Cape Town. In Bitter Dawn: A search for the truth about the murder of Anni Dewani, Dan Newling painstakingly pieces together the many pieces of this puzzle.

Judge Traverso said the evidence used to argue for Dewani’s guilt was unreliable, and that the testimony of the chief prosecution witness was “riddled with contradictions”.

Traverso said: “I make the following order … the application is granted. The accused is found not guilty on this charge.”

Judge Traverso told the court: “It is crucial for the state to prove that Mr Dewani entered into an agreement with Zola Tongo the taxi driver.”

Without it, there would be nothing linking him to the murder, which was carried out by two other men – Mziwamadoda Qwabe and Xolile Mngeni.

Judge Traverso told Western Cape Crown Court that Tongo’s evidence was “riddled with contradictions” with his evidence “highly improbable”.

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