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Honeymoon murder victim Anni Dewani's family 'need justice'

  • 7 April 2014
  • From the section Bristol

The family of Anni Dewani, who was murdered whilst on her honeymoon in South Africa say they "need justice".

Anni, 28, was shot dead in November 2010. Her husband Shrien Dewani from Bristol denies murder and lost his latest appeal against extradition.

The businessman, 34, is expected to arrive in Cape Town on Tuesday, despite claiming that he has mental health problems and is not fit to stand trial.

Mrs Dewani's brother said justice is "the only thing in our minds".

Speaking at a news conference, Anish Hindocha said: "It's been very difficult. There is no life in our family any more, we struggle. With the help of the South African people, with the help of the British people, we are at least trying to cope."

Mr Hindocha added that the protracted legal battle to have Mr Dewani extradited had been "very heavy" for the family.

He said: "At the beginning, we thought this was a very simple case. That was until Shrien became a suspect."

'Questions to answer'

Prosecutors in South Africa allege Mr Dewani ordered the killing of his wife, a Swedish national.

Once on South African soil, he is likely to appear before the Western Cape High Court where his legal team could apply for bail.

Image caption Shrien and Anni Dewani were on honeymoon in Cape Town in November 2010 when she was killed

Mrs Dewani's uncle, Ashok Hindocha, said: "From today and onwards this case will be about Anni. Until now it hasn't been about what really happened to her.

"The justice system is the way it is. Obviously we were extremely surprised that it took such a long time. There is one nation, one powerful nation called the United Kingdom, that has a treaty with South Africa.

"That treaty was challenged, so we are happy that it went through. Unfortunately it took a long time."

Mr Hindocha said the family would be attending the court hearing.

He added that Mr Dewani has "a lot of questions to answer".

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