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Shrien Dewani trial collapse 'would be nightmare'

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Media captionMrs Dewani's brother Anish Hindocha said he fully expected an application to end the trial to be thrown out

The family of Anni Dewani, who was murdered while on honeymoon in South Africa, has said it will be a "nightmare" if the trial of her husband does not continue.

UK businessman Shrien Dewani is accused of arranging for a hitman to murder his wife in 2010.

Defence lawyers want the case thrown out, claiming a taxi driver jailed for the killing is an unreliable witness.

The judge is due to announce next Monday whether the trial will continue.

'Terrible rejection'

Speaking in Cape Town, Mrs Dewani's brother Anish Hindocha said he fully expected the application to end the trial to be thrown out.

"It will be a terrible rejection after a four-year wait if we as family do not hear the true story.

"He [Shrien Dewani] has said so many times that he wants to clear his name... [the trial] is an opportunity to clear his name.

"Let us hear it then. People want to hear the full truth. It will be a life of nightmare for my family if we do not find justice.

"I fear for my parents' health. Please let the law take its full course." he said.

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Image caption Shrien Dewani denies arranging the murder of his wife

Mr Hindocha said recent stories in the media about the family wanting to sue Mr Dewani were not true.

"This is not the time," he said, but added it may be something they would consider in the future.

He also said demands for the judge to resign had not come from the family.

'Unreliable witness'

Judge Jeanette Traverso is due to decide on Monday whether to throw out the case following an application from the defence that the prosecution's argument was weak and inconsistent.

Defence lawyers claim taxi driver Zola Tongo, who is serving 18 years for the murder, is an unreliable witness.

Prosecutors allege he was paid 15,000 rand (about £1,000) to organise the murder of Mrs Dewani.

Mr Dewani claims the couple were hijacked while Tongo drove them through the Gugulethu township in his taxi on 13 November 2010.

He was released unharmed but his wife was driven away. Her body was found in the abandoned taxi the next morning. She had been shot.

The state alleges Mr Dewani conspired with others to stage the hijacking.

Mr Dewani denies the charges against him.

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Image caption Anni Dewani was shot dead in a hijacked taxi in November 2010

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