Brit husband plotted S.Africa honeymoon murder: prosecutor

7th December 2010, Comments 0 comments

The British husband of Anni Dewani plotted her killing on honeymoon in South Africa, a prosecutor told a court hearing in Cape Town on Tuesday, national news agency SAPA reported.

"The deceased was murdered at the instance of her husband," Western Cape director of public prosecutions Rodney de Kock told Judge President John Hlophe in court, SAPA said.

Dewani, 28, a Swede, was killed after the taxi in which she was travelling with her British husband Shrien Dewani on November 13 on the outskirts of Cape Town was hijacked.

The claim that her husband plotted the murder was made by Zola Tongo, the driver of the taxi and one of three people originally charged with the newly-wed bride's killing.

Tongo was sentenced Tuesday to 18 years for the crime.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Eric Ntabazilila told AFP that Tongo had been approached by the British businessman and promised 15,000 Rand (2,175 dollars) "to remove someone from the scene."

Tongo, who then enlisted two accomplices to carry out the murder, according to Ntabazilila, gave evidence under a plea bargain deal with the state.

© 2010 AFP

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