Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Husband Arrested in Honeymoon Murder; Newly-Wed Is Accused of Plotting Wife's Murder

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Husband Arrested in Honeymoon Murder; Newly-Wed Is Accused of Plotting Wife's Murder

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A BRITISH newlywed said to have paid to have his bride killed on their honeymoon in South Africa has been arrested in the UK on suspicion of conspiring to murder her.

Shrien Dewani, whose wife Anni was shot dead last month, was held last night by Scotland Yard officers after a request from the South African authorities.

It followed a court hearing in South Africa yesterday, during which taxi driver Zola Tongo said he was offered 15,000 rand (pounds 1,300) by the 30-year-old businessman to kill his wife.

The Dewani family dismissed the allegation.

Mr Dewani, from Westbury-on-Trym in Bristol, handed himself in at a police station yesterday, the Metropolitan Police said.

He is due to appear at the City of Westminster Magistrates' Court today. Swedish Mrs Dewani, 28, was shot dead on November 13 after the couple's taxi was hijacked in Cape Town. Mr Dewani, who was released along with the driver by the carjackers, returned to England after the murder and has always denied any involvement in his wife's death.

At Western Cape High Court yesterday, Tongo said the businessman offered pounds 1,300 for the killing just hours after the couple arrived in the country last month.

Tongo's allegation formed part of a plea agreement drawn up with prosecutors at the court, where he was jailed for 18 years for his part in the killing on November 13.

Mr Dewani's spokesman Max Clifford yesterday described the accusations as the latest in a string of false allegations.

In a statement, the Dewani family said: "Shrien is totally innocent of any involvement in this heinous crime. These allegations are totally ludicrous and very hurtful to a young man who is grieving the loss of the woman he loved, his chosen life partner.

"South African police have never sought to speak to Shrien regarding the allegations. Instead, two weeks have been spent negotiating this confession from the taxi driver while the two others accused have complained of torture and false confessions. …

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