Family fund Indian school for S. Africa death bride

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The family of a British businessman wanted in South Africa over the murder of his wife while on honeymoon said Thursday they were raising money to fund a school in India in her honour.

South African prosecutors have launched proceedings to extradite Shrien Dewani amid accusations he hired hitmen to murder his wife Anni in November during their honeymoon in Cape Town. He is fighting extradition from Britain.

The effort by his family, which has roots in India, has raised more than 9,000 pounds (14,000 dollars, 11,000 euros) so far from well-wishers wanting to pay tribute to his murdered 28-year-old wife.

"Anni's been taken from us all and we won't get her back but what we can do is give to, and help, other people," said a member of the family, who did not wish to be identified.

The money will go towards a school for around 500 students from tribes around the border between the western states of Gujarat and Maharashtra.

The Vanavasi Kalyan Ashram projects help tribal people to assimilate into mainstream Indian society.

In addition, the family member said they had received more than 500 letters and emails supporting Shrien Dewani from countries including South Africa, India, China, Australia, the United States, South Korean and Kenya.

"People are saying 'I don't know you, I don't know the family, but I believe you'."

Anni Dewani, whose family lives in Sweden, was shot and killed during a reported carjacking on the outskirts of Cape Town.

Shrien Dewani, who returned to Britain with his wife's body days after the killing, was later arrested in Bristol, southwest England.

Dewani, who runs a chain of nursing homes, was released on bail pending an extradition hearing and denies any involvement in his wife's death.

His family have hired British public relations specialist Max Clifford, who is better known for dealing with celebrities.

© 2011 AFP

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