Cleared Dewani flies out of South Africa

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Former murder suspect Shrien Dewani has left Cape Town after being cleared of plotting his wife’s death on their honeymoon four years ago.

Dewani, 34, made no comment as he walked hurriedly through Cape Town International Airport flanked by an entourage and surrounded by a media scrum.

The millionaire businessman faced a barrage of questions from reporters as he headed straight for the boarding gate.

He was thought to be flying to Dubai rather than taking a 12-hour direct flight to the UK, from where he was extradited in April.

On Monday, Judge Jeanette Traverso cleared Dewani after ruling that the prosecution case that the bisexual care home boss had arranged the death of his wife Anni was flawed.

That ruling prompted an angry response from Anni’s family, who are now pondering whether to launch a civil 
action against her husband in the UK. Judge Traverso dismissed the case against Dewani, describing evidence from a key prosecution witness as being “riddled with contradictions”.

But Anni’s family said the decision left many questions unanswered as it meant Dewani, who led a double life, would not have to give evidence of face cross-examination.

The family waited four years for the case to be brought against the businessman from Bristol, who had been accused of staging the carjacking in which she was gunned down.

Anni’s uncle, Ashok Hindocha, said halting the trial before Dewani gave evidence meant there were “holes to be filled” in the story about his niece’s final days.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “We want to know the truth, what happened to Anni.”

Evidence was heard that that Dewani had secret relationships with gay men in the months before his marriage.