New investigation by The Guardian newspaper into the death of Shrien Dewani's wife
By Becky_Feather | Friday, February 18, 2011, 10:24
Almost 100 days since the honeymoon murder in South Africa last November of the wife of Westbury-on-Trym businessman Shrien Dewani, The Guardian has carried out an investigation and published a story under the sub-heading 'Claims of police torture and rapid plea bargains by under-pressure crime unit raise questions over Anni Dewani murder'
Shrien and Anni Dewani, pictured at their wedding two weeks before she was murdered during their honeymoon in South Africa
Here is an extract: "A Guardian investigation has found allegations from lawyers for the two alleged killers in South Africa that they were tortured by police.
"One of the men insists his account, alleging Dewani was involved, was "suggested" to him by the police and his lawyer also claims a crucial identity parade was flawed.
"In addition, the Guardian has seen police papers that show how quickly – within 36 hours – detectives appeared to believe and accept the vital testimony of the third man, taxi driver Zola Tongo, who is serving a reduced sentence for his part in the murder in exchange for his testimony against Dewani.
"As Dewani waits on bail in the UK for his next extradition hearing, the Guardian investigation refocuses attention on South Africa's police force and its controversial national commissioner, General Bheki Cele, who faces calls to resign after branding Dewani a "monkey" and appearing to prejudge his guilt."
Here's the link to the article.
Meanwhile the two South African men accused of murdering 28-year-old Anni Dewani, Mziwamadoda Qwabe and Xolile Mngeni, are due in appear in court a week today.
It is thought a decision will be made then whether to prosecute them try to wait for when and if Mr Dewani, 31, is extradited.
The three-day extradition hearing is scheduled to start on May 3 in London.
Mr Dewani, who is said to be suffering from acute stress following the death of his wife of two weeks, is living under curfew as part of his bail conditions at his home in Passage Road.