Sunday, 25 March 2012

BBC to air new Dewani CCTV footage


BBC Panorama is to broadcast new CCTV footage of the hours leading up to the murder of honeymooner Anni Dewani in South Africa in 2010.
The hour-long documentary will be aired on March 29 and claims to investigate the case against Anni’s husband Shrien who is currently fighting a move by South African prosecutors to extradite him to Cape Town to stand trial.
A teaser for the show on its website said: “Did the wealthy businessman engage a taxi driver to arrange his wife’s death, or is he wrongly accused?
“The CCTV images reveal a different side to the couple than has so far been portrayed.”
Anni Dewani, 28, was fatally shot when a taxi she and her husband were using was allegedly hijacked in the notorious Gugulethu sector of Cape Town in November 2010.
Shrien Dewani said that after about 20 minutes of driving around he was kicked out of the car when the hijackers drove off with his wife.
Her body was eventually discovered on November 14 in the hijacked car.
The driver of the taxi, Zola Robert Tongo, later admitted guilt on a charge of murder in a plea bargain and was sentenced in December 2010 to 18 years in jail.
Tongo told the police that Shrien Dewani had offered him 15 000 Rand (GBP1400) to stage the hijacking and have Anni killed.
British Home Secretary Theresa May formally approved an extradition order against Mr Dewani in September last year.
He has since appealed the order to the British High Court.
- Staff Reporter

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