Dewani Held for Wife`s Honeymoon Murder After South Africa Driver's Claim

Shrien Dewani, whose wife was murdered while the U.K. couple was on a honeymoon in South Africa last month, was arrested yesterday after surrendering to police in Bristol, England.

The 30-year-old is accused by South African authorities of conspiring “with others to murder Anni Dewani” in Cape Town, the Metropolitan Police Service said in an e-mailed statement.

Anni, 28, was killed Nov. 13 after the taxi she and her husband were traveling in was carjacked in the township of Gugulethu, near Cape Town. Taxi driver Zola Tongo was hired by Shrien to arrange the murder, the Western Cape Director of Public Prosecutions Rodney de Kock told the Cape High Court yesterday, the South African Press Association reported.

Max Clifford, a publicist hired by Shrien Dewani, said yesterday the allegations were “ludicrous” and “totally untrue.”

Tongo, who was sentenced to 18 years in jail for his role in the murder, said in a plea bargain with the state that Shrien Dewani offered him 15,000 rand ($2,160) to orchestrate a hit on his wife, according to the news agency. Tongo, 31, found two other men, who have also been arrested in connection with the murder, to carry out the killing, Sapa reported.

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