Dewani lawyers to quiz hitman

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Published: Thursday 9th October 2014 by The News Editor

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Lawyers for a millionaire accused of arranging the honeymoon murder of his new bride will continue to question a hitman allegedly hired to carry out the crime.

Mziwamadoda Qwabe, 29, has already been jailed for his part in the execution of Anni Dewani as she and bisexual husband Shrien toured a South African township in November 2010.

Prosecutors claim 34-year-old entrepreneur Dewani wanted out of his marriage to Swedish-raised Anni and arranged a carjacking in which he survived and his wife did not.

Previously, Qwabe told Western Cape High Court how he was contacted by the Dewani’s taxi driver Zola Tongo and said: “There was a husband who wanted his wife killed.”

But under cross-examination from defence counsel François van Zyl, Qwabe admitted he had previously lied under oath.

A record of admissions released by the court yesterday also revealed Dewani browsed gay websites in the days either side of his wife’s death.

Dewani, extradited to South Africa during a four-year court battle, denies all charges including murder.

Mr van Zyl was due to continue his cross-examination today.

It is not known whether Dewani, from Westbury-on-Trym near Bristol, will give evidence in his own defence.

Published: Thursday 9th October 2014 by The News Editor

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