Dewani arrives in Cape Town

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IOL  Honeymoon Slaying AP Honeymoon murder accused Shrien Dewani. Photographs of Dewani during his first court appearance in SA were prohibited. File picture: Matt Dunham/AP

Cape Town - British businessman and honeymoon murder-accused Shrien Dewani arrived in Cape Town on Tuesday morning.

"Shrien Dewani has landed at Cape Town International Aiport and was received by members of the SA Police Service," the justice department said in a statement.

"He arrived in the company of a medical doctor, nurse and members of SAPS and Interpol."

Media started filing into the Western Cape High Court after 9am on Tuesday ahead of Dewani’s appearance.


The province's justice department head Hishaam Mohamed was also present.

Earlier the Western Cape High Court entrance was cordoned off with yellow tape.

The tape was tied to a police vehicle at either end. Around 13 police vehicles were parked near the court and a throng of police officers stood at a side entrance where prisoners usually arrive.

Dewani is expected to enter the court through this gate. Traffic cones blocked off the road to the side gate.

When he appears in court, he is expected to be charged with conspiracy to commit murder and defeating the ends of justice.

Dewani claimed he and his wife Anni were kidnapped at gunpoint as they drove through Gugulethu in Cape Town in a taxi in November 2010.

The couple had been on honeymoon in the country. His wife's body was found in the abandoned car the next day. She had been shot dead.

Xolile Mngeni was convicted of the murder and jailed for life.

Prosecutors allege Dewani hired him to kill his wife. Two other alleged accomplices are also already serving jail terms in connection with the crimes. Dewani has denied any part in the murder. - Sapa



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