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Dewani trial: State witness list kept under wraps

A list of state witnesses in the Shrien Dewani murder trial is being kept secret by the prosecution team.

FILE: A list of state witnesses in the Shrien Dewani murder trial is being kept secret by the prosecution team. Picture: Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - The state's witness list in the Shrien Dewani murder trial is a closely guarded secret and the prosecution team are not divulging any details ahead of the start of the trial on Monday.

The British businessman is accused of orchestrating his wife Anni's murder while on honeymoon in Cape Town in 2010.

Three other men have already been convicted for their role in the killing and are serving out their sentences behind bars.

The men Dewani allegedly hired to kill his wife have implicated him as the mastermind.

But independent lawyer Greg Duncan says this is no open and shut case.

He says the calibre of state witnesses will test the strength of the case against Dewani.

Deputy Judge President Jeanette Traverso will preside over the trial when it gets underway on Monday.

Meanwhile, Anni's family will be flying to Cape Town in the coming days ahead of the highly anticipated murder trial.

Anni's family has leased a flat in Cape Town where they will be staying for the duration of the trial.

For her uncle, Ashok Hindocha, this is a significant turning point in their four-year quest for the truth.

"All we need from our side is justice for Anni. We want to know the truth."

Dewani was extradited to South Africa from the United Kingdom in April after a lengthy legal battle.

He was only deemed mentally fit to plead last month.

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