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Dewani is a free man!

Western Cape High Court Judge Jeannette Traverso has made a decision against British businessman Shrien Dewani.

Dewani was accused of murdering his bride Anni Dewani on their honeymoon. Anni was killed in Gugulethu Township near Cape

Town on 13 November 2010.

Dewani's lawyers applied for his discharge at the end of the state's case, arguing that the evidence against him was so weak he should be acquitted without even having to mount a defence.

However the dead woman's family has urged Western Cape High Court Judge Jeannette Traverso to force Dewani to testify.

"Don't let Shrien Dewani walk away without giving us, South Africa and people from all over the world the full story," Anni Dewani's brother Anish Hindocha told a news conference last week.

Prosecutors say Dewani, 34, hired hitmen to kill his 28-year-old Swedish bride Anni in a staged hijacking because he is a gay man who felt trapped into marriage by family pressures.

Dewani did admit that he is bisexual and loved Anni.

Both families - the Dewanis and the Hindochas - are of Indian origin, and have sat on opposite sides of the courtroom throughout weeks of sensational testimony.

The driver of the hijacked taxi and one of the hijackers - both serving long jail terms for the murder - testified that Dewani hired them for 15,000 rand ($1,300) to kill his wife.

Dewani's lawyer, Francois van Zyl, argued that their evidence was full of contradictions and "cannot safely be relied upon".

Defence lawyers said the evidence of taxi driver Zola Tongo, who is already serving 18 years in jail for Mrs Dewani's murder, was unreliable. Judge Traverso said: "It is crucial for the state to prove that Mr Dewani entered into an agreement with Zola Tongo the taxi driver."

The ruling was brought to an end whereby Judge Traverso dismissed a case, a four-year wait for Dewani and his family to rub- off his name.

According to South Africa's Criminal Procedure Act, an accused can be declared not guilty at the close of the prosecution's case if the court feels there is insufficient evidence to show he or she committed the crime.

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