Monday, 6 October 2014

Anni Dewani’s father speaks of quest for justice on eve of Shrien trial

The father of Anni Dewani, who was killed on her honeymoon in South Africa, broke down in tears as he spoke of his quest for justice on the eve of her husband’s trial for murder.
Vinod Hindocha said he wanted the full story of why his daughter was killed as she travelled through a Cape Town township with Shrien Dewani four years ago.
At a press conference on Sunday evening, Hindocha, who travelled from his family home in Sweden, said he put his faith in the South African legal system, ahead of what is likely to be a long and harrowing trial.
He said: “I’m back in Cape Town today where my daughter was killed four years ago.
“Now that I’m here, all I ask for is the full story and justice. I am confident that South Africa will conduct a fair and open trial of Shrien Dewani.”
Hindocha said he was grateful for the support of people from around the world, particularly in the UK and South Africa. He added: “Now it’s up to the South African legal system to obtain the information about how my little girl died.”
Dewani, 34, is due to appear at Western Cape high court after receiving treatment at Valkenberg hospital since April.
The millionaire businessman, from Westbury-on-Trym, near Bristol, has been there since being extradited from the UK to face trial for conspiracy to commit kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances, murder, kidnapping, and defeating the ends of justice.
Dewani is accused of paying three men to kill his bride, 28, during their honeymoon in November 2010, two weeks after their lavish £200,000 wedding in Mumbai.
Before his extradition, Dewani – who denies the charges – was in a hospital in Britain for depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Hindocha was joined at the press conference by Anni’s uncle, Ashok Hindocha,who said the family has not spoken to the care home entrepreneur since he was arrested.
Asked whether Dewani would be welcomed back into the family if he is cleared, Ashok declined to comment.
Up to seven members of Anni’s family – including her mother Nilam, who has recently had radiotherapy treatment for cancer – are due to attend various stages of the trial.
Prosecutors argue that Dewani conspired with Zola Tongo, Mziwamadoda Qwabe and Xolile Mngeni to kill his wife.
Taxi driver Tongo, Qwabe and Mngeni are serving jail terms in connection with the murder. Dewani claimed he and his wife were kidnapped at gunpoint as they drove through Gugulethu township in a taxi.
Dewani was released unharmed, but his wife’s body was found in the abandoned car the next day. She had been shot in the neck.