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Gay claim in bride murder case "nonsense"

Mon 13 Dec 2010 In: International News View at Wayback

Shrien and Anni Dewami Suggestions that a man arranged for his wife to be murdered during their South African honeymoon because he is gay have been denied by the man's publicist. British millionaire Shrien Dewani is accused of paying for his wife to be shot in what was originally believed to have been a car hijacking gone wrong. Since the shooting, on November 13, the pair's taxi driver has been jailed for 18 years for his part in the crime. At his trial he claimed that the new groom had given him 15,000 rand to pay a hitman. Suggestions are growing around the internet that Dewani is gay and that he wanted his wife to be killed because he had been forced into the marriage by family pressure. The comments have been further fueled by the claim of an airline steward who says the bride was in tears and refused to sit with her new husband on a flight from Bombay on their wedding night. South African detectives are apparently investigating the allegations. However celebrity publicist Max Clifford, who now represents Dewani, has denied the gay claims. "Every day there is a different rumour and just about all of them are as nonsensical as this one," he says.    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Monday, 13th December 2010 - 8:53pm

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