NRI implicated in wife’s murder in SA
A plea agreement put forward by a suspect in the killing of 28-year-old Anni Dewani last month alleges her husband, Shrien, conspired in the hit, local media reports say.world Updated: Dec 08, 2010 01:16 IST
A plea agreement put forward by a suspect in the killing of 28-year-old Anni Dewani last month alleges her husband, Shrien, conspired in the hit, local media reports say.
Zola Tongo, 31, was driving the taxi in which the Dewanis were travelling when they were allegedly hijacked. Her body was later found in a Cape Town township. She had been shot in the back of the neck.
Shrien Dewani, 31, from Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, has previously denied any involvement in his wife's murder.
Tongo reportedly said in the plea agreement — read out by the prosecution at the court — that he met the newlyweds when they arrived at Cape Town airport and took them to their hotel.
When Shrien Dewani was alone with Tongo, he asked him to arrange her death, it was alleged. Dewani’s publicist Max Clifford, told Sky News on Tuesday his client thought the allegation of involvement in his wife's murder is “absurd and obscene”, and he was “totally innocent of the horrendous crime”.
South African authorities had not contacted Dewani, who returned to Britain soon after his wife's body was found.