Bride's family 'wants truth' as honeymoon murder trial opens in S.Africa

5th October 2014, Comments 0 comments

The family of Anni Dewani, who was shot dead while on honeymoon in South Africa four years ago, said they finally hoped to learn "the full story" when her British millionaire husband goes on trial Monday for arranging the murder.

"All I ask for is the full story and justice," Anni's father Vinod Hindocha told reporters in Cape Town on Sunday, on the eve of the long-awaited trial.

Businessman Shrien Dewani, 34, stands accused of hiring three South Africans to kill his Swedish-born bride in November 2010.

He denies the charge, saying the pair were hijacked at gunpoint as they drove through a poor Cape Town neighbourhood in a taxi. The 28-year-old woman's body was found in the vehicle the next day.

Dewani will appear in the dock after losing a three-year extradition fight in Britain and after he was ruled mentally fit to stand trial.

Anni's father said he was "confident that South Africa will conduct a fair and open trial".

Another family member, Anni's uncle Ashok Hindocha, said they hoped the trial would help them move on with their lives.

"We are not going to get Anni back... but we need to know the truth so we can move on," he said at the news conference.


© 2014 AFP

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