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Defence argues for dismissal of Dewani case

The defence wants the court to dismiss the case and acquit Shrien Dewani.

FILE: The defence want the court to dismiss the case and acquit Shrien Dewani. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Shrien Dewani's lawyer has told the Western Cape High Court the evidence of the state's key witness lacks credibility.

Arguments have begun in an application which seeks to discharge Dewani of charges relating to his wife, Anni Hindocha Dewani's murder.

The British businessman is on trial for allegedly hiring three South African men to kill Anni in Cape Town four years ago.

The couple were on their honeymoon at the time.

Taxi driver Zola Tongo is the state's key witness.

He is the man responsible for organising the staged hijacking in which Anni was killed and pointed the finger at the British businessman for being the alleged mastermind.

Dewani's lawyer however told the court there is no case if the court can't find evidence of a conspiracy.

Defence attorney, Francois Van Zyl, says Tongo is the state's sole witness who claims Dewani was part of a conspiracy to kill his wife.

He's added that there is no case against his client if the court can't find there is evidence of such a conspiracy.

The prosecution will also be given a chance to respond to Van Zyl's argument.

Dewani has pleaded not guilty to charges including kidnapping, murder and defeating the ends of justice.

His lawyers are calling for his discharge and acquittal in terms of section 174 of the Criminal Procedure Act.

Judge Jeanette Traverso has to decide whether the case should be dismissed or not.

Click here to view the heads of argument.