Anni Dewani's family to push ahead with other legal options

Coroner Andrew Walker told Anni Dewani’s family that holding an inquest would serve no purpose.

FILE: Anni Dewani's family arrive at the Western Cape High Court on 7 November 2014. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

LONDON - The family of murdered honeymoon bride Anni Dewani say they will now pursue other legal options following the refusal of a British coroner to hold an inquest.

In front of international media outside the North London Coroner's Court, Anni's uncle refused to outline what those options are, but he says he is determined to find the truth.

Coroner Andrew Walker told Anni's family he couldn't imagine what they'd gone through since her murder in Cape Town five years ago but said holding an inquest would serve no purpose.

This setback and the collapse of the trial against Dewani appears only to have further resolved her family to find answers.

Although they've ruled out a private prosecution in the past they say they're taking legal advice on how to pursue their search for the truth further.

This is not likely to be the last we hear from either side.


Earlier, Shrien Dewani sent a letter to the court saying he was the victim of a 'witch hunt'.

In a letter to his late wife's family he said those who linked him to the murder were liars.

The 34-year-old businessman did not attend the hearing at a coroner's court in London.

Instead, responding to a series of questions put to him by his late wife's family, he wrote back saying he too would like answers to some of the uncertainties raised in his ill-fated trial in South Africa.

The letter sent to the court is the first we've heard from the businessman's since his statement at the trial opening last year.

Instead of addressing the details of the 37 questions put to him he called on those who linked him to her murder as liars and said that the evidence given against him by the gang associated with her death has led to a witch hunt against him.

In other words he too feels wronged, and wants answers.