Family asks husband to testify in South Africa

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Posted: Dec 03, 2014 8:50 AM
Family asks husband to testify in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — With his sister's photograph pinned to his jacket, Anish Hindocha on Wednesday demanded the "full story" of how Anni Dewani was murdered while on honeymoon in Cape Town.

British businessman Shrien Dewani is accused of arranging his wife's murder in 2010. Dewani, who is on trial in Cape Town, has pleaded not guilty to charges including murder and kidnapping.

The trial began last month with Dewani's statement read to the court by his lawyer. In the 37-page statement Dewani said his wife, a Swedish citizen, was shot and killed in a botched carjacking.

Three South Africans have already been convicted for the murder. Two are serving lengthy jail sentences, while a third died last month from a brain tumor while serving a life sentence.

Dewani has not taken the stand throughout trial. Earlier this month his lawyers have asked the court to dismiss the case on the grounds that prosecutors had insufficient evidence. South African Judge Jeanette Traverso is expected to rule on Dec. 8 whether the trial will continue.

"It would be wrong for him to walk away from South Africa without explaining himself what happened on the night of Anni's murder in this country," Hindocha, Anni's brother, said, adding that he expected the trial to continue.

Hindocha said the nearly four year extradition process had taken its toll on his parents. Discussing reports that the family may sue Dewani after the murder trial, Hindocha said the family's motivation was not financial, saying: "We demand the truth."