Anni Dewani
Anni Dewani

Anni Dewani’s family explore ‘three options’

By Carlo Petersen Time of article published Sep 8, 2015

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Carlo Petersen

SLAIN newly-wed Anni Dewani’s family say they have three other legal options to explore against her widower Shrien Dewani.

British businessman Dewani is expected to be publicly questioned for the first time when a British inquest into Anni’s murder resumes in the UK tomorrow.

Anni’s uncle Ashok Hindocha spoke to the Cape Times from Sweden yesterday, saying he is set to travel from his home in Sweden to meet with the rest of the Hindocha family today.

The family are hopeful that coroner Andrew Walker will call the businessman as a witness tomorrow.

“We had given up every hope as such, but we will see what Wednesday holds and take it up from there.

“The question is whether he will speak, and it is most likely that he will not,” Hindocha said.

He said there were many unanswered questions surrounding the murder of Anni. She was found shot dead in Khayelitsha inside the taxi that was hijacked in Gugulethu during the couple’s honeymoon in November 2010.

Western Cape High Court Judge President Jeanette Traverso acquitted Dewani in December last year of murdering Anni.

“The family have not had answers as to what really happened to Anni in South Africa. The court proceedings and outcome there has left us all very upset,” Hindocha said.

Hindocha said the family had met recently to discuss their options after deciding not to bring a private prosecution against Dewani.

“We have done some research and there are other options. We have identified three other options.

“If we don’t get any answers we will explore those options. At this point we won’t disclose anything,” he said. If he is summoned, Dewani will be questioned under oath by the coroner, then by a lawyer representing Anni’s family.

However, UK Ministry of Justice guidelines state that the coroner may warn any witness they are not obliged to answer any questions which might incriminate them.

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