BBC report casts doubt on honeymoon slaying
LONDON (AP) — A BBC report has raised doubts about evidence against a British man sought in South Africa for allegedly orchestrating his wife’s murder while on their honeymoon.
Shrien Dewani is accused of hiring a hit man to kill his 28-year-old bride, Anni. She was found shot dead in an abandoned taxi in a Cape Town township in 2010. He denies the charge.
The “Panorama” program says it has obtained prosecution files from the case that appear to contradict a key witness’s sworn statement.
A leading forensic scientist also told the program — set to air its report Thursday — that there is “simply a cloud of suspicion ... rather than any evidence” against Dewani.
“This is not an investigation that would meet the standards in this country,” Jim Fraser said. “There are many things ... that fall a long way short of effective investigation.”
In July, a British court ruled that Dewani, 33, should be extradited to South Africa to face trial over his wife’s death, despite his mental health problems.
“Panorama” cites a firearms expert and a pathologist to poke holes in the South African investigation’s assertion that Anni was cowering in the back seat and to suggest that she could have been shot in a struggle.
It also says it obtained security footage and phone records that contradict the sworn statement of taxi driver Zola Tongo, who was jailed for 18 years after he admitted his part in the killing.
The victim’s family has criticized the program, saying the case should not be conducted on television.