Shrien Dewani Acquitted in South Africa Honeymoon Murder of Wife Anni

December 8, 2014 12:53 PM

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CAPE TOWN, South Africa — A South African court acquitted British businessman Shrien Dewani on Monday of charges that he paid hitmen to kill his wife while they honeymooned in Cape Town four years ago. South African prosecutors had argued Dewani paid 15,000 rand ($1,300) in a plot with taxi driver Zola Tongo and others to kidnap and murder his wife, Anni, in November 2010 — charges he has consistently denied.

Three South Africans, who had implicated Dewani as part of plea bargains for reduced sentences, are serving lengthy jail terms for her murder. Dewani's defense team asked the court last month to dismiss the case due to a lack of evidence and contradictions from key witnesses.

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