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Dewani leaves SA on first class ticket

Shrien Dewani flew out of Cape Town International Aiport on board an Emirates flight to Dubai this afternoon.

British businessman Shrien Dewani leaves Cape Town International Airport for the UK on 9 December 2014. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - British businessman Shrien Dewani is on a first class ticket out of the country after he was yesterday acquitted of murdering his wife, Anni.

Dewani flew out of Cape Town International Airport on board an Emirates flight to Dubai this afternoon to begin his journey back to the United Kingdom.

Prosecutors believed he hired hitmen to kill Anni during the couple's honeymoon in Cape Town four years ago, but they failed to build a strong enough case against him.

Western Cape High Court Deputy Judge President Jeanette Traverso found the state provided no credible evidence to convict Dewani and granted an application to discharge.

The Briton was extradited to South Africa in April following the conviction of three South African men for their roles in Anni's death.

South Africa spent almost R3 million flying Dewani on a chartered plane from the UK to Cape Town earlier this year.

Today, eight months later, he began his journey back to the UK.

Wearing a crisp white shirt and blue jeans, Dewani was passive as camera crews and journalists surrounded him, trying to get him to respond to questions.

The Briton will return to the UK a free man, but his legal woes might not be over, as his in-laws intend suing him.

PROSECUTORS HAVE NO CHANCE TO APPEAL

It's the end of the road for prosecutors in Dewani's murder trial with no chance of an appeal.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says the state relied on the evidence of three South African men who were all involved in the alleged murder plot to have Dewani convicted.

The NPA's Nathi Mncube explained the state's position on appealing the judge's ruling.

"We can only appeal on a question of law. We were in court and we heard that this was not a question of law, it was all a question of fact. The fact that the witnesses contradicted themselves and that they gave inconsistent evidence."

The Justice Department says it is disappointed by Dewani's acquittal.

Justice ministry spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga says although they are disappointed, they are not surprised.

"We have exhausted a lot of resources into the case, but knowing how justice is defined, as a fair and just adjudication of legal issues."

Video: Dewani leaves SA

Dewani's trial is the second high-profile case this year to turn the spotlight on South Africa's judicial system and high murder rate.

A Pretoria high court in October sentenced Olympic and Paralympic runner Oscar Pistorius to five years in jail for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

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