A judge has thrown out the case against Shrien Dewani, who was accused of plotting the murder of his wife Anni in South Africa.

Judge Jeanette Traverso said that the prosecution had failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the British national was behind his wife’s murder, and that the evidence of the prosecution’s main witness, taxi driver Zola Tongo, was “riddled with contradictions”.

The judge said that Dewani “is found not guilty of this charge”, and he will now be released.

Dewani had been accused of planning the kidnap and murder of his Swedish-born wife during their honeymoon to South Africa in November 2010.

Three South African men have already been found guilty for their involvement in the murder.

Taxi driver Zola Tongo was jailed for 18 years after admitting to organising the murder with Mziwamadoda Qwabe, who pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 25 years, and Xolile Mngeni, who was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the murder.

Tongo claimed that Dewani had offered him 15,000 rand (£1,300) to organise and carry out the murder of his wife, but the judge did not find his evidence credible and today dismissed the case.

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