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Inquest Forcing Shrien Dewani to Testify Might Be Dewani Family’s “Last Shot at Justice”

Anni Dewani: A Father's StoryShrien Dewani, who has never testified in public about the murder of his wife Anni Dewani, might soon have to share his version of what happened on that fateful night in November 2010.

Eyewitness News reports that pending the outcome of the coroner’s report, Dewani might be called as a witness in the case. Dewani was acquitted of murder in December last year when Judge Jeanette Traverso threw the case out owing to unreliable evidence.

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Her father Vinod Hindocha thinks a British inquest is the final chance to find out what really happened and says it’s their “last shot at justice”.

They are demanding coroner Andrew Walker name Dewani as a witness when he sets out the scope of the inquest on Wednesday.

However under British guidelines a witness is not obliged to answer questions which may incriminate them.

The Cape Argus spoke to Anni’s uncle, Ashok Hindocha, who says the family is looking forward to hearing what Dewani has to say.

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Now Dewani may take the stand and give a full account, under oath, of what happened. Should Walker find further discrepancies about Anni’s murder, another investigation could be launched.

The coroner is due to decide on the scope of the inquest at the hearing in London on Wednesday. This will mean the family could hear from Dewani what happened on that fateful night and answers to questions they had for five years may be answered.

But Anni’s uncle, Ashok Hindocha said while the family didn’t have high hopes that he could testify, they wanted to hear from Dewani: “We hope he speaks up.

“That is what we have been fighting for, to have (our) questions answered.

“The South African justice system did not allow us that. We thought it would run smoothly in South Africa and that he would speak up.”

Last week EWN’s Rahima Essop told Pippa Hudson that the coroner’s inquest will resume on 9 September and this could result in Dewani being called to testify under oath for the first time. Essop had been following the trial since the beginning and in the podcast reflects on the way in which the case was handled in South Africa.

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