Wednesday, January 19, 2011


DETECTIVES have discovered Shrien Dewani’s motive for the ­honeymoon mu

By David Pilditch

rder of his bride, it was claimed yesterday.
South Africa’s chief of police ­General Bheki Cele said in a TV interview that investigators knew why Mr Dewani, 31, allegedly took out a contract to kill his wife Anni.

The controversial police commissioner declined to reveal the alleged evidence but said it is set to emerge at an extradition hearing in London tomorrow.

Mr Dewani was said last night to be “deeply hurt” by the allegations.

The family declined to comment but his spokesman Max Clifford said: “Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty? What chance does he have of a fair trial?

“This is the most powerful man in the South African police. This clearly demonstrates why we are concerned about what would ­happen to Shrien if he goes back to South Africa.

“What chance does he have of justice when the chief of police has condemned him?”

The claim comes after friends of Mr Dewani said he was considering returning to voluntarily to stand trial over his wife’s death.

Swedish-born Anni, 28, was shot dead on November 13 when ­gunmen pounced as the couple were driven through a notorious township in Cape Town.

Mr Dewani, from Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, has repeatedly denied allegations he staged the kidnap and paid their driver Zola Tongo £1,400 to organise a hit.
Supporters of the care home ­millionaire, who is on bail, have said the South Africans had failed to provide a reason which would explain why he allegedly killed his wife.

 They claim police targeted him to detract attention from the country’s appalling crime rate.

But General Cele told South ­Africa’s station: “We are very satisfied with the facts we have.

“Until we are out there in court, we can’t put out there what is our motive.

We are having this hearing in the UK and if it needs to come out there, it will be fine. I don’t think it will be really proper for me to come out with a motive here.”

A police spokesman said: “We have avery strong case.

 We are confident we have everything we need for the ­extradition hearing.”

On Monday, family friend ­Hasmukh Shah said Mr Dewani was prepared to negotiate with the South Africans to try to solve the mystery of his wife’s ­killing.

He may be willing to return on certain conditions, including being given bail to the point of final appeal, if one is needed, and freedom of movement to build a defence case.

General Cele is an outspoken ­figure, a career politician who had no policing experience before ­taking his post last year.

After Mr Dewani was named as a suspect, the polic
eman described him as a “monkey who came from London to his wife here”.

Mr Clifford said: “He has already branded Shrien a ‘murdering ­monkey’.

 Now he has tried and convicted him.

 You can understand why the family are so apprehensive about what awaits them if they go back to South Africa.”

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