JOHANNESBURG (AP) – The family of a Swedish citizen who was killed on her honeymoon in Cape Town said they will have sleepless nights for the rest of their lives, after her husband was acquitted of the murder on Monday.
Shrien Dewani was found not guilty after Cape Town High Court Judge Jeanette Traverso concluded that the prosecution’s case did not have sufficient evidence.
Dewani had been accused of arranging the murder of his wife Anni in 2010. He said she was killed during a botched carjacking.
“In my view, the evidence presented in this case falls far below this threshold,” Traverso said. “The accused is found not guilty on this charge.”
The British businessman promptly descended stairs leading out of the courtroom following ruling. Members of the Dewani family burst into tears at the verdict, embracing each other, according to the British Press Association.
Anni Dewani’s family bowed their heads amid shouting from the public gallery.
“With the ending of the case against Shrien Dewani today, our family who are in Cape Town, return home with more questions than answers and sleepless nights for the rest of our lives,” Ashok Hindocha, Anni Dewani’s uncle, said in a statement.
South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority said it still believes that Dewani orchestrated his wife’s murder.
“It is unfortunate that Mr Dewani has been acquitted because we believe that he was involved,” said Nathi Mncube, the prosecution’s spokesman. “The court did not find that he was innocent. The court said it could not rely on the evidence given by three witnesses who themselves had been convicted of the crime.”