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.

Shrien Dewani trial commences in Capetown.

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--- Quote from: lane99 on December 03, 2014, 07:00:36 PM ---It's your argument that's utter crap.  As well as your understanding of the case.

Amongst other bogus arguments you've made, Tongo did not get a reduced sentence for saying Dewani arranged a hit.  He got an INCREASED sentence over what he would have gotten if he had backed Dewani's version of events (accidental killing in the course of a sexual assault that was not part of a robbery scheme and that occurred after Tongo had left the scene).

Therefore, by the corollary of your own reasoning that testimony that merits a reduced sentence is suspect (which is certainly true), you should admit that it is VERY improbable that Tongo would invent a lie that included a murder conspiracy where none existed.  For a confession that increases a person's legal liablity and sentence over other available confessions he could have fabricated is that much more credible and likely to be true.  For, simply put, people don't invent lies that get them into more trouble than the truth would have.

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Your name pops up a lot in forums, Lane99. Always the same points verbatim. Often mirroring the sentiments of justice4anni.  With regard to Tongo's reduced sentence, you have pushed the same nonsensical argument for years, but just because you say it many times does not make it correct. Tongo pled up to a more serious crime, because he gained leverage by doing so. It allowed him to negotiate a much lower sentence in exchange for his fabricated testimony in Shrien Dewani's trial. Tongo’s lawyer William Da Grass was asked by The Guardian to explain why Tongo changed his story and pled up to a more serious crime. De Grass answered candidly “The weight of the evidence against him. I don’t think we had much of a chance. We could have gone to trial, infuriated the judge and got close to a hundred years.”

I daresay Tongo's lawyer is in a better position to know, than you are.

The last few paragraphs of this article detail Tongo's rationale for taking a plea deal.

Does anyone know what happened with this inquest? My apologies if I missed it

Dewani inquest postponed

2015-02-22 14:11

Johannesburg - A meeting to determine if an inquest into the death of Anni Dewani will be reopened has been postponed for another month, the Sunday Independent reported.

The meeting, which was to be held in London this week, was postponed due to the unavailability of the parties involved, Anni's uncle Ashok Hindocha told the paper.

The meeting is expected to include the North London coroner as well as the families of Anni Dewani (the Hindochas) and Shrien Dewani.

Dewani was acquitted of Anni's murder by Western Cape High Court Deputy Judge President Jeanette Traverso in December. Traverso ruled there was not enough evidence to convict him.

If the inquest proceeded, Dewani could be asked to testify about his wife's murder, which he did not do during his trial in South Africa.

Defeating ends of justice

According to UK law, a coroner must investigate all unexplained or sudden deaths of its citizens abroad.

After a lengthy and costly extradition process, Dewani went on trial in Cape Town in October for allegedly plotting with shuttle driver Zola Tongo and others to kill Anni while they were on honeymoon in November 2010.

Dewani pleaded not guilty to charges including kidnapping, murder and defeating the ends of justice. He claimed the couple was hijacked while Tongo drove them through Gugulethu in his minibus on 13 November 2010.

Tongo is serving an 18-year jail term and Mziwamadoda Qwabe a 25-year jail term for their role in the murder. Xolile Mngeni was serving life in jail for firing the shot that killed Anni, but died in prison from a brain tumour on 18 October.

Hotel receptionist Monde Mbolombo was granted immunity from prosecution on two charges during Mngeni's trial.


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