Dewani trial: State closes case

Sixteen witnesses have been called to testify since the trial began in early October.

Shrien Dewani's legal team arriving at the Western Cape High Court on 3 November ahead of his murder trial. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The state in Shrien Dewani's murder trial on Monday closed its case.

The British businessman is accused of hiring hitmen to kill his wife, Anni Hindocha Dewani, during the couples honeymoon in Cape Town in November 2010.

Dewani denies any involvement in the alleged staged hijacking in which Anni was shot and killed.

Sixteen witnesses have been called to testify for the state since the trial began in early October.

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After a late start to Monday's proceedings, prosecutor Adrian Mopp announced that the state was closing its case.

Dewani's lawyer, Francois van Zyl, then stood up and told the court that he intends bringing a section 174 application, to have his client acquitted.

He says the defence will file heads of argument to Judge Jeanette Traverso by Wednesday this week.

Van Zyl will argue his so-called discharge application when the trial resumes on Monday.

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