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The case against British businessman Shrien Dewani has been dismissed, following criticism of evidence by Judge Jeanette Traverso.
Dewani, who was accused of orchestrating his wife’s murder in November 2010, was discharged following the dismissal of the case by Judge Traverso. According to the Judge, the testimony provided by the prosecution’s main witness Zola Tongo was “highly debatable”and “riddled with contradictions”.
The dismissal of the case has left South Africans fuming, and many took to social media to air their opinions on the matter:
The State must appeal the #ShrienDewani ruling. Anni deserves justice!
— Mkhuleko Hlengwa MP (@MkhulekoHlengwa) December 8, 2014
— city maverick (@CityMaverick) December 8, 2014
If #ShrienDewani is thrown out, I'd hate to think about the message it sends to the world about South Africa.
— Liam Joyce (@Liam_JV) December 8, 2014
— ConnieKes (@conniekay21) December 8, 2014
Quite simply, the State did not do enough to prove a case against #ShrienDewani. No evidence, no conviction. That's the law people.
— Mandy Wiener (@MandyWiener) December 8, 2014
From the BBC panorama doc on #ShrienDewani it was clear there were serious issues with lack of evidence. It should never have gone to trial!
— Alex Cheney (@AlexC93) December 8, 2014
Watch the handing down of the dismissal in the video below:
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