Release of Anni Dewani hitman ‘totally wrong’, says father

Anni Dewani's husband, Shrien, is due to go on trial for involvement in the killing in October, pending a psychological examination

The father of Anni Dewani – murdered on her honeymoon in South Africa – has spoken of his dismay at reports that one of the hitmen who killed her could be released on compassionate grounds.

Xolile Mngeni, 26, has been treated for a brain tumour and a source in South Africa said that 11 doctors had recommended he should be freed because they believe he is “going to die soon”. “They don’t see the point of him dying in a cell,” the source told the Mail on Sunday.

However Mrs Dewani’s father, Vinod Hindocha, 64, said the idea was “totally wrong”. “It’s like they are kicking us again. He was convicted in a fair trial. If he goes home, who can say for sure how long he will live?” he told The Daily Telegraph. “He had absolutely no mercy when he killed Anni for money. Why should he be shown any now?”

Mngeni’s accomplice, Mziwamadoda Qwabe, pleaded guilty to the murder and claimed he was paid £1,400 to kill Mrs Dewani in Cape Town in 2010 by her new husband, Shrien Dewani. Mr Dewani, who denies he was involved in the killing, is due to go on trial in October, pending a psychological examination. The millionaire businessman from Bristol is currently being treated in a hospital. In May, his lawyer said Mr Dewani was being “fully co-operative” and “his condition has improved”.

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