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'Brit-Indian honeymooner not involved in wife's murder'

November 22, 2010 13:39 IST

After some South African detectives raised doubts about Brit-Indian business tycoon Shrien Dewani's account of his role in the incident that led to the murder of his wife, his family members and associates have hit back at the suggestion, calling it 'outrageous'.

"The family are attending Anni's funeral and are still very upset. Any suggestion that he had anything to do with this is outrageous. They were on their honeymoon and these rumours are disgusting," the Daily Mail quoted a family friend as saying.

Meanwhile, the South African media has raised questions on why the police's main witness was allowed to leave the country before even identifying any of the three suspects who have been arrested in connection with the crime.

Few South African newspapers have even referred to the incident as 'an apparent hijack'.

However, South Africa's chief of police General Bheki Cele has said that since Dewani was not a suspect, they could not hold him back. He also said that Dewani was allowed to go back to Brisbane with the understanding that he would be available for questioning.'

Dewani would reportedly be returning to Cape Town to help in the investigation process next week, the paper said.

Meanwhile Zola Tongo, the driver of the couple's hijacked taxi, is reported to have turned a 'state witness'.

"This is a very bad situation and I am in fear of my life. I did not do it. I have done nothing wrong," The Telegraph quoted him as saying.

Meanwhile, Cape Town detectives have promised 'an explosive revelation' in the case, saying: "The new information will show this was not a random hijacking." 

South African police had earlier arrested a 26-year-old man from Cape Town's Khayelitsha slum in connection with the slaying of Anni. Meanwhile, two more local men have been arrested on suspicion of their involvement in the murder case.

Source: ANI