Authorities believe Dewani's millionaire husband hired Mngeni to kill his new wife.
The killer of honeymoon bride Anni Dewani is set to be freed as her husband awaits trial over his alleged involvement in the murder.Continue reading ►
Gunman Xolile Mngeni killed Anni with a single shot as she sat in a taxi in Cape Town in November 2010 – but now he is set to be released from custody in a ‘mercy’ move because he is dying of cancer.
Anni’s husband Shrien, a millionaire businessman from Bristol, is due to go on trial in October after a lengthy battle by South African detectives to charge him with murder. It is alleged he organised the attack.
The move to free Mngeni has angered Anni’s family. Last night her father Vinod Hindocha fought back tears as he said: ‘The South Africans should not be thinking about Mngeni right now. They should be concentrating on bringing Shrien to trial.’ Mngeni, 25, is critically ill in a Cape Town hospital, and in a compassionate move similar to that which freed Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Al Megrahi, the South African government has now accepted that he has ‘only months to live’.
The recommendation that he be released was published in a secret report compiled by South Africa’s correctional supervision and parole board.
Official sources said a team of 11 doctors had assessed Mngeni’s condition and concluded that his time was running out.
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