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Dewani’s run-around case!

Anni Hindocha Dewani disappeared on 13 November 2010 in Gugulethu, Cape Town.

The cause of death was allegedly a gunshot and the body was discovered in Lingelethu West, Cape Town.

Anni Dewani was a Swedish woman

of Indian origin who, while on her honeymoon in South Africa, was kidnapped and then murdered in Gugulethu Township near Cape Town on 13 November 2010.

Taxi driver Zola Robert Tongo later admitted guilt on the charges of murder in a plea bargain, and was sentenced on 7 December 2010 to 18 years in jail.

Mziwamadoda Qwabe pleaded guilty to her murder in August 2012 and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Xolile Mngeni, 23, was convicted of her murder on 19 November 2012, and sentenced to life in jail.

In July 2014, it was confirmed that a medical parole application had been made for Mngeni who was terminally ill with a brain tumour. He was denied parole, and died in jail on 18 October 2014.

In his plea bargain agreement, Zola Tongo stated that Anni's husband, British national Shrien Dewani of Bristol, had offered R15, 000 to have his wife killed.

Following an application by South African authorities, Senior District Judge Howard Riddle ruled in August 2011 that Shrien Dewani could be extradited to face charges in relation to the murder. The extradition order was approved by Home Secretary Theresa May on 28 September 2011. However, a High Court ruling of 30 March 2012 put the extradition on hold, based on expert witness opinion of Shrien Dewani's mental health and prospects for recovery.

Following a string legal fight, in January 2014, the English High Court of Justice rejected Shrien Dewani's plea against extradition to South Africa. However Shrien Dewani was extradited to South Africa on 7 April 2014 and taken to court on 8 April 2014.

Justice Department spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga was quoted as saying, "The extradition process is now being handled by South African government through the justice department."

On 8 December 2014, Shrien Dewani was a free man after allegations of murdering his wife during their South Africa honeymoon, after a Western Cape High Court Judge Jeannette Traverso threw out the case.

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