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Coroner’s Inquest Into Anni Dewani’s Death Will Resume – Family Continues Their Search for Answers

Anni Dewani: A Father's StorySenior coroner Andrew Walker ruled last week that without new evidence the inquest into the death of Anni Dewani will not be continued.

The Guardian reported Walker as saying: “I don’t have sufficient cause to resume an inquest. In these proceedings, the matter will now rest.”

Last month, the Dewani family asked for an inquest to be conducted, seeing as Shrien Dewani had never testified in public about Anni’s murder. The family hoped that the inquest would force him to be called as a witness in the case.

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Anni’s family argued that there were still many unanswered questions about how she was killed and asked for a full inquest to resume. But at North London coroner’s court on Friday, senior coroner Andrew Walker said: “I don’t have sufficient cause to resume an inquest. In these proceedings, the matter will now rest.”

Walker said: “The fact that there are differing accounts of how Mrs Dewani came by her death does not, in my view, mean that the matters have not already been sufficiently established in public proceedings.”

Eyewitness News reported that following the coroner’s ruling on Friday, the Dewani family announced that they will be looking for alternative legal options to find the truth about what happened the night Anni died.

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Coroner Andrew Walker told Anni’s family he couldn’t imagine what they’d gone through since her murder in Cape Town five years ago but said holding an inquest would serve no purpose.

This setback and the collapse of the trial against Dewani appears only to have further resolved her family to find answers.

Although they’ve ruled out a private prosecution in the past they say they’re taking legal advice on how to pursue their search for the truth further.

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