New twist in honeymoon murder

The
husband of a woman who was murdered on their honeymoon will remain in custody
after South African authorities appealed against his $394,000 bail.

City
of Westminster magistrates at first granted bail to Shrien Dewani, 31, from
Bristol, who is suspected of conspiring to murder Anni Dewani.

Mrs
Dewani, 28, from Sweden, was shot after being kidnapped in a taxi in Cape Town
with her husband last month.

Mr
Dewani must now remain in custody pending a High Court hearing.

The
hearing, to be held in the next 48 hours, will decide whether he can be
released on bail.

Mr
Dewani told City of Westminster Magistrates Court he did not consent to
extradition.

The
South African authorities want to question him after taxi driver Zola Tongo
told Western Cape High Court he was offered $2,200 by Mr Dewani to kill his
wife.

Anni Dewani’s family said they
thought Shrien Dewani should go to South Africa to answer questions

Mr
Dewani, of Westbury-on-Trym in Bristol, denies any involvement in the murder.

Prosecutors
claimed in the magistrates’ hearing that accounts of what happened led to the
conclusion that Mr Dewani was the “main instigator of the plan”.

Mr
Dewani’s lawyer Clare Montgomery said his “love for his wife was shown at
his wedding”.

She
added that passport records showed Mr Dewani had not been to South Africa
before so could not have arranged to meet Tongo, and the allegations made to
protect the South African tourism industry.

She
said it would “seriously damage the reputation of South Africa if it were
merely the work of a local gang” and a story was put together to “put
blame on someone else”.

Their
taxi was hijacked on 13 November in Cape Town as the pair were travelling
through tough Gugulethu township.

Ms
Dewani’s expensive wristwatch, a white-gold and diamond bracelet, her handbag
and her mobile phone were stolen.

Mr
Dewani was released unharmed. The couple had been married for two weeks.

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