Dewani judge recusal petition submitted

Justice4Anni claims Judge Jeanette Traverso is biased towards Shrien Dewani.

FILE: Shrien Dewani in the dock at Western Cape High Court at the start of his trial 6 October 2014. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A petition calling for the Shrien Dewani judge to be recused has been handed to the justice ministry.

The group, Justice4Anni, has also written to the Provincial Director of Public Prosecutions to have Judge Jeanette Traverso recused.

They claim she's biased towards Dewani, who is accused of hiring hitmen to kill his wife, Anni Hindocha Dewani, during their honeymoon in Cape Town in November 2010.

The group wants Justice Minister Michael Masutha to investigate Traverso's conduct during the trial.

The group's Jack Verschuur says they're also calling for a retrial.

The Justice Ministry's Mthunzi Mhaga says it will reflect on the issues raised by the petition.

Judgment in the British businessman's application to be discharged and acquitted is expected to be delivered in the Western Cape High Court on Monday.

If Dewani's application is granted, he will be able to leave the country a free man.

Meanwhile, local group the Society for the Protection of our Constitution is also calling for Traverso to be recused.

It wants prosecutors to ask Judge Traverso to postpone the trial in order to delay judgment in Dewani's application.

The group says it needs more time in order to apply to join the matter as a friend of the court.

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Anni's parents have revealed their intention to sue Dewani because he didn't disclose his bisexuality before he married her.

Speaking for the first time since the start of the murder trial, Anni's parents told the UK's _Daily Mail _earlier this week that Dewani married their daughter under false pretences.

"He deceived us. He totally deceived the whole family."

Vinod Hindocha said they were shocked to hear on the first day of the trial that Dewani was bisexual.

"Which father in the world, including me, would really allow their daughter to marry a person who sleeps with men?"

He called on Dewani not to be a coward and take the stand in his own defence.