Alleged Miscarriages of Justice > The kidnapping and shooting/murder of Anni Dewani while on her honeymoon in South Africa. Trial of Shrien Dewani was held in Cape Town, SA.

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Judges rules Shrien Dewani not guilty!

Judge Jeanette Traverso has today ruled that Shrien Dewani has no case to answer in the murder of his new bride Anni Hindocha and is not guilty in terms of the charges brought against him.  In the same ruling the Judge ruled that witness Monde Mbolombo should not be granted immunity from prosecution in relation to the same case after initially misreading her prepared script and stating that he should be granted immunity.

In her decision the Judge pointed out the many contradictions and inconsistencies in the evidence given by the witnesses in the case, three of whom are already serving lengthy sentences (one has since died) for their part in Anni' s murder.  One witness was given immunity from prosecution for testifying against the others.

It is expected that Dewani will fly home to the UK later today.

Why Has The Dewani Case Collapsed?

Sky News
By Nick Ludlam, Africa News Editor, in Cape Town
8 December 2014

As a judge rules Shrien Dewani can walk free, we look at the issues which contributed to her decision.

It took the South African authorities four years to put Shrien Dewani on trial, only for a judge to throw the case out after two months.

Mr Dewani, who has been ruled not guilty by the Cape Town court, has always denied any involvement in the murder of his wife Anni in 2010.

Judge Jeanette Traverso said in her ruling on Monday that there was no reasonable evidence to bring a conviction.

Here are some of the contributing factors behind her decision.

The credibility of Zola Tongo's and other witnesses' evidence:

Zola Tongo's evidence was not deemed reliable.

Zola Tongo was the state's star witness and agreed to testify against Mr Dewani as part of a plea bargain.

The taxi driver was jailed for 18 years in 2010 for his part in the murder of Ms Dewani and claimed he was paid just over 1,000 to arrange the murder.

CCTV revealed in court showed Mr Dewani and Tongo locked in conversation at the hotel a few days before the murder.

Tongo claims Mr Dewani asked him if he knew anyone that could "have a client of his taken off the scene".

However, Judge Traverso said Tongo's evidence was "riddled with contradictions".

She said he had changed his version of events frequently when under cross-examination.

He admitted he made mistakes in relaying to police how the new bride was murdered.

Judge Traverso said his "evidence was of such a poor quality, one does not know when the lies end and when the truth begins".

She also said it soon emerged under cross-examination that witness Mziwamadoda Qwabe, who has also pleaded guilty to the murder, was a self-confessed liar.

The evidence of Monde Mblolombo, a hotel worker granted immunity from prosecution, was also discredited.

Evidence about Shrien Dewani's private life ruled inadmissible:

In a sensational admission at the beginning of the trial, Mr Dewani admitted having physical relationships with male prostitutes.

He also admitted surfing gay dating websites the day after his bride's body was found.

Veteran South African lawyer, Mannie Witz, who followed the trial, said: "The defence seized on that immediately and said 'you can't attack his character and his sexuality'. And the judge said 'I think the defence are right, I don't want to hear anything more'."

The prosecution had been relying very heavily on this evidence and it was a big blow to them when the judge told them this type of 'character evidence' was inadmissible.

In court the care home owner from Bristol claimed he was in love with the 28-year-old - despite being bisexual.

But in an interview before the trial, Ms Dewani's sister Ami Denborg said the relationship was up and down.

CCTV recorded on the night she was killed does seem to show a young couple in love.

Their picture is taken by hotel staff and later they sit with their arms draped around each other.

Shrien Dewani's side of the story:

Anish Hindocha gave a news conference last week.

Mr Dewani, 34, maintained his innocence throughout the case and said he had been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder since the murder.

The South African authorities spent a lot of time and money arranging his extradition ahead of the trial.

Ms Dewani's family claimed Mr Dewani had insisted throughout the case that he would clear his name and that his legal team had promised the court dozens of times he would give his own version of events.

The family have waited years for answers, but Mr Dewani has never been cross-examined.

Last week Ms Dewani's brother, Anish Hindocha, called a news conference on behalf of his family and begged Mr Dewani to "tell the world what happened the night she died".

Mr Hindocha said: "My message is simple: Don’t let Shrien Dewani walk away without giving us, South Africa and people all over the world the full story."

Now that the case has collapsed they may never know the full facts.

Tim Invictus:
What a joke .... the writing was on the wall when the biased judge refused all evidence of Dewani's deviant hidden gay lifestyle as irrelevant.

They say in South Africa the wealthy can buy 'justice'; I think the Dewani and Pistorius trials have proven this to be true
I feel very sorry for Anni's family.


--- Quote from: Tim Invictus on December 08, 2014, 11:41:18 AM ---What a joke .... the writing was on the wall when the biased judge refused all evidence of Dewani's deviant hidden gay lifestyle as irrelevant.

They say in South Africa the wealthy can buy 'justice'; I think the Dewani and Pistorius trials have proven this to be true
I feel very sorry for Anni's family.

--- End quote ---

Watch for the miraculous recovery!

Judge Jeanette Traverso stated in her response to the application by the defence for a dismissal that the evidence fell well below the threshold required for a conviction under the Law.  In her world handing over a bag of money to a stranger in a hotel toilet must be commonplace.

My question is this.  Why have three black men already been convicted of murder and conspiracy if this is indeed the case?

If ever there was a case which required a defendant to take the stand, this was it. What's more, Dewani gave an undertaking to the Hindocha family that he would do just that but obviously that was simply another deceit.

Dewani has now had the case against him dismissed on the basis of contradictory evidence by three men already convicted of involvement in Anni's murder.  Dewani cannot be retried in South Africa but Anni's aunt has raised the question of him being retried in England.

Justice delayed was most certainly justice denied in this case!


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