Dewani may have to give evidence in UK if inquest goes ahead

Bristol businessman Shrien Dewani may have to give evidence for the first time as it emerged that a UK coroner is "working towards a hearing date" for the case of honeymoon murder victim Anni Dewani.

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Dewani may have to give evidence in UK if inquest goes ahead

Shrien Dewani leaves court after being cleared of murdering his wife Anni in Cape Town in 2010 Credit: ITV News

Bristol businessman Shrien Dewani may have to give evidence for the first time as it emerged that a UK coroner is "working towards a hearing date" for the case of honeymoon murder victim Anni Dewani.

Mr Dewani, a care home tycoon, was cleared by a South African judge of arranging his new wife's death.

He was free to return home to the UK after Cape Town Judge Jeanette Traverso dismissed the case against him, describing evidence from a key prosecution witness as being "riddled with contradictions".

He has never spoken publicly about his wife's death, but that could be set to change if an inquest into her death goes ahead.

The coroner is in contact with the parties working towards a hearing date for this matter.

– Spokeswoman for North London Coroner's Court

Complaint lodged against judge in Shrien Dewani trial

A formal complaint has been lodged against the judge presiding over the murder trial of British businessman Shrien Dewani amid allegations of bias Credit: ITV News

A formal complaint has been lodged against the judge who presided over the murder trial of British businessman Shrien Dewani in South Africa last year.

The Higher Education Transformation Network - a group of academics and lawyers - accused Judge Jeanette Traverso of "gross judicial bias and misconduct" after she dismissed claims Mr Dewani organised the murder of his wife Anni while on their honeymoon in Cape Town in 2010.

The judge called a halt to the trial in December, two months into the hearing, after an application from the 34-year-old's lawyers that the prosecution case was flawed.

Judge Jeanette Traverso Credit: RTV

HETN chairman Lucky Thekisho said: "Article five of the Judicial Code of Ethics requires judges to act honourably not only in the discharge of official duties but to act honourably and in a manner befitting judicial office in a professional manner that enhances the public trust in or respect for the judiciary and the judicial system."

Lawyer Mr Thekisho urged South African judicial authorities to suspend Judge Traverso pending an investigation.

Ashok Hindocha, Anni Dewani's uncle, said: "We agree that Anni did not get a fair trial.

"The case was not fully heard, she (judge Traverso) should have let Shrien take the stand."

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