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Dewani trial: NPA files responding papers

Judge Jeanette Traverso is expected to hear arguments on Monday from both legal teams.

FILE: CCTV footage from the Cape Grace Hotel featuring Shrien Dewani.

CAPE TOWN - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has confirmed that it's filed responding papers today after lawyers for British businessman Shrien Dewani filed heads of argument for his discharge and acquittal two days ago.

The British businessman stands accused of hiring hitmen to kill his wife Anni Hindocha Dewani in Cape Town while the couple was on honeymoon in November 2010.

WATCH: Anni Dewani's final moments

His trial began in the Western Cape High court in early October.

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

The state closed its case on Monday.

Western Cape High court Judge Jeanette Traverso is expected to hear arguments on Monday from both legal teams on whether the Briton should be discharged without the defence having to argue its case.

Independent criminal law attorney Cliff Alexander, who is not involved with the case, seems to think Traverso will rule in Dewani's favour.

"I don't believe that Traverso would bow to public opinion that does not hold sway with her at all. What did she say, can you recall? Cold hard facts please."

Two local men have been convicted for their role in the killing, their accomplice died in prison recently.

WATCH: Dewani judge slams ill-prepared prosecution