The family of murdered bride Anni Dewani have urged her husband Shrien Dewani to "be a man" and reveal the truth of her tragic death. Anni, 28, was shot dead by carjackers on November 13, 2010, as she and her new husband toured a dangerous suburb of Cape Town, South Africa, while on their honeymoon.
Three men - Zola Tongo, Mziwamadoda Qwabe and Xolile Mngeni – were given jail terms for their role in the killing. They each claimed Mr Dewani had arranged what they described as a staged hijacking, as he wanted to get out of the marriage.
CCTV video footage was released by prosecutors showing Shrien Dewani meeting killer Zola Tongo, on the morning after Anni Dewani was murdered. Prosecution witness German prostitute Leopold Leisser told the court he had sado-masochistic sex sessions with Mr Dewani, who was alleged to be living a double life.
However, Dewani's lawyers claimed the millionaire had been framed for the murder of his wife by the driver and two hit men, after a failed kidnap and ransom plan. The trial collapsed before the Bristol based businessman was asked to give evidence. Cape Town judges threw out the case against Mr Dewani because it was "riddled with inconsistencies" and he was allowed to walk free in December last year.
Anni Dewani's family had called for an inquest into her death in the hope that Shrien Dewani would be forced to reveal his version of events, however, today the coroner at Brent Coroner's Court decided that no probe will be carried out.
Coroner Andrew Walker told the family that Mr Dewani has a right not to answer questions that may incriminate himself after having already faced trial in South Africa. He said: "My view, members of the family, is that in these circumstances it would serve no purpose to hold an inquest because I would not be able to answer the questions that an inquest sets out to answer. I'm going to direct that your questions are sent to Mr Dewani and Mr Dewani is to indicate whether he would be prepared to answer those questions."
Anni's family have said they won't give up their fight to question her husband. Asked if he was disappointed by the judge's refusal of an inquest. Speaking outside the court, Anni's father Vinod Hindocha said: "I cannot comment on any justice system in the world but all I can say is that Anni did not get a fair trial in South Africa. Witnesses were not properly heard and the case has a lot of gaps. We were hoping we might get answers here. We do have more options left."
He urged Mr Dewani to break his silence about the circumstances of Anni's death. "Shrien, be a man, come forward and speak - put us out of our misery," he said. "If he's man enough he should come and end this misery for us. Tell us what happened. He is a free man now - what else is there to be afraid of? Just tell us what happened and we can move on with our lives. Be a man. Come forward and tell us what happened that day.'
His brother Ashok added: "We have 10 or 15 questions that we need to be answered. That is then up to Shrien Dewani if he wants the family to suffer more, if he has any pleasure in doing so. Whether or not we get the answers, we will keep on trying until the day I die."
Mr Hindocha told Sky News he would be accompanied by a lawyer for a second meeting with the coroner on 9 October.
Shrien Dewani returned to England at the conclusion of the case without ever commenting in public. He has denied masterminding her death and maintains that he and his wife were kidnapped as they toured the township and were the victims of a random kidnapping.