Anni Dewani's widower not to return to S. Africa to identify murderers

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London, Nov.26 (ANI): The widower of Indian-origin British woman Anni Dewani, who was murdered on her honeymoon in South Africa, and is not a formal suspect in the investigation, has no plans to return to the country, his publicist Max Clifford has said.

Responding to unsubstantiated rumours in South African newspapers that police want to question Shrien Dewani, The Telegraph quoted Clifford, as saying that his client had been going through a "living nightmare".

South African media had reported that officers believe that Shrien Dewani has more information to provide about murder, but police have made no official comment on his status in the investigation.

The Mail and Guardian newspaper had reported that detectives hoped to persuade Dewani, a millionaire businessman, 31, to return to Cape Town to help their investigation.

Mrs Dewani, 28, was found dead four days into the couple's honeymoon on November 14.

Clifford said: "This poor man has been through a living nightmare. To be clear, Shrien has not been told that he is being considered a suspect. In fact the police have told him he is not a suspect. He has told the police he will cooperate fully with their investigation and of course he will do so."

He added: "Every day we are hearing more bogus claims and lies. It has been said Shrien will return to South Africa but I can tell you he is at home and under sedation after the shock he has been through."

Mr. Dewani has repeatedly claimed two gunmen held up their taxi at around 11pm on November 13 before forcing the driver out of the vehicle as they were driven through the Gugulethu Township.

The trained accountant said he was also later thrown out of the Volkswagen Sharan and said the hijackers then drove off with his wife.

Three men have been arrested and charged over the murder, including the couple's taxi driver, Zola Tongo, 31.

He is due to appear before magistrates on Monday alongside fellow suspects Xolile Mngeni, 23, and 26-year-old Mzwamadoda Qwabe. (ANI)

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