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Coroner questions if inquest into Anni Dewani's death should go ahead

A Coroner has questioned whether an inquest into Anni Dewani's death should go ahead Photo: ITV News

A coroner has questioned whether a UK-based inquest into the death of Anni Dewani should go ahead.

Bristol businessman Shrien Dewani was cleared of orchestrating the killing of his new bride who was fatally shot in a car jacking as the couple drove through the outskirts of Cape Town on November 14 2010.

This morning, at a pre-inquest hearing at North London Coroner's Court, Anni's father Vinod Hindocha, 66, and uncle Ashok Hindocha, 55, argued Mr Dewani should appear at an inquest to answer questions.

But coroner Andrew Walker told the family that Mr Dewani has a right not to answer questions that may incriminate himself and raised doubts over whether an inquest will take place.

My view, members of the family, is that in these circumstances it would serve no purpose to hold an inquest because I would not be able to answer the questions that an inquest sets out to answer.

I'm going to direct that your questions are sent to Mr Dewani, and Mr Dewani is to indicate whether he would be prepared to answer those questions.

– Coroner Andrew Walker
Vinod Hindocha and his daughter Anni Credit: ITV News

34-year-old Mr Dewani was extradited to South Africa last year but the case collapsed after a judge found that it was "riddled with inconsistencies".

It meant he walked free before having to give evidence and has never spoken publicly about what happened.

Ashok Hindocha told today's hearing that there were discrepancies between what Mr Dewani had told the family, the press and the South African police, and asked for a "chance to hear the right story from him".

The main reason is that we would like to know what really happened.

The motive of this case was never properly heard in South Africa.

Members of Scotland Yard and other witnesses never got a chance to speak because the judge thought it was not important - if he (Mr Dewani) is gay or bisexual, she didn't want to know about that.

So there is an issue about the motive.

– Ashok Hindocha
hrien Dewani leaves court after being cleared of murdering his wife Anni in Cape Town in 2010 Credit: ITV News

I would say (to Mr Dewani) 'Be a man and come forward and say something'.

– Vinod Hindocha

We have 10 or 15 questions that we need to be answered.

That is then up to Shrien Dewani if he wants the family to suffer more, if he has any pleasure in doing so.

Whether or not we get the answers, we will keep on trying until the day I die.

– Ashok Hindocha

The inquest into Mrs Dewani's death opened in 2010 but was suspended pending the criminal investigation. Mr Walker said that another hearing would be held on October 9.