South African judge to rule Dec. 8 whether to throw out honeymoon slaying case



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Preyen Dewani, third left, the brother of murder accused Shrien Dewani, arrives at the high court in Cape Town, South Africa, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. British businessman and accused murder suspect Shrien Dewani is charged with orchestrating the murder of his wife, Anni, while the newly-married couple were on honeymoon in South Africa in 2010. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)


Vinod Hindocha, left, the father of slain Anni Dewani, arrives at the high court in the city of Cape Town, South Africa, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. British businessman and accused murder suspect Shrien Dewani is charged with orchestrating the murder of his wife, Anni, while the newly-married couple were on honeymoon in South Africa in 2010. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)


JOHANNESBURG — A South African judge will rule Dec. 8 on whether to dismiss the murder case against a British businessman accused of arranging the killing of his wife during their 2010 honeymoon in Cape Town.

Deputy Judge President Jeanette Traverso said Tuesday that she would decide on defense arguments that the case against Shrien Dewani should be thrown out on the grounds that state prosecutors had insufficient evidence to prove Dewani's guilt.

"I obviously want to take time to consider the conclusions to which I will come," Traverso said, according to the South African Press Association.

Dewani was arrested in Britain in 2010 and was extradited to Cape Town earlier this year.

He pleaded not guilty to all charges when his trial began in October. He has said he and his wife, Anni, were hijacked at gunpoint.

Prosecutors said Dewani staged a botched carjacking with the help of accomplices and that his wife, a Swedish national, was killed as part of the scheme. Three South Africans were convicted for the murder; one recently died from an illness.

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