Honeymoon death husband's bail bid

Honeymoon death husband's bail bid

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Shrien Dewani is escorted to a prison van as he leaves City of Westminster Magistrates' Court

A wealthy businessman accused of murdering his wife on honeymoon is preparing a fresh legal challenge in a bid to be granted bail.

Shrien Dewani, 30, was denied his freedom at the 11th hour when the South African Government appealed against a decision to release him on Wednesday night.

City of Westminster Magistrates Court heard the suspected killer could be freed on £250,000 bail with an electronic tag and other strict conditions.

But solicitors working on behalf of prosecutors in South Africa lodged documents that mean the decision must be reviewed by a High Court judge.

Clare Montgomery QC, representing Dewani, said the case could be heard on Thursday, but may be delayed until Friday because of the short notice.

Dewani, who owns several care homes in Bristol, is wanted over the death of his wife Anni, 28, who was found dead in the back of an abandoned taxi with a single bullet wound to her neck on November 13.

Driver Zola Tongo has accused him of offering to pay 15,000 rand (£1,400) for her murder and ordering it to appear like a bungled carjacking as they drove through a notorious township.

A second conspirator told South African investigators he believed Dewani had arranged another murder in similar circumstances in the country before, but there is no other evidence to support this.

The court heard police have questioned why he did not use an airport-to-hotel shuttle service and why Tongo had taken the couple to such a dangerous area when the restaurant they wanted to visit was closed. It has been claimed Tongo promised 15,000 rand to the alleged hitmen, Xolile Mnguni and Mziwamadoda Qwabe, but they were only given 10,000 rand and were so angry they considered shooting him.

The next extradition hearing is scheduled to take place on January 20 at the same court.

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