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"Honeymoon murder" gets underway in SAfrica as husband pleads not guilty

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"Honeymoon murder" gets underway in SAfrica as husband pleads not guilty

The trial of British businessman Shrien Dewani has finally begun in a South African Court where he pleaded not guilty to murdering his wife.

He is accused of conspiring with a taxi-driver to stage a car-jacking as the couple, who were on their honeymoon, were being driven through Gugulethu township in November 2010.

The family of victim Anni Dewani has been waiting for this moment – four years after her body was found shot dead in an abandoned car on the outskirts of Cape Town.

During that time Shrien Dewani had been fighting extradition from the UK on the grounds of suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Three men already convicted in connection with the killing of his wife have implicated the businessman in the crime.

If found guilty Shrien Dewani faces up to 25 years in jail.

Outside the court about 20 members of the ruling ANC party’s Women’s League demonstrated waving placards and calling“for justice for Anni”.

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