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British businessman accused of plotting to kill wife in South Africa

By the CNN Wire Staff
Shrien Dewani (seen at rear) leaves the City of Westminster Magistrates Court in London on December 8, 2010.
Shrien Dewani (seen at rear) leaves the City of Westminster Magistrates Court in London on December 8, 2010.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The couple's cab driver told authorities of the alleged murder plot
  • Driver has been sentence to 18 years in prison in South Africa
  • South African authorities want the suspect extradited to South Africa

Johannesburg (CNN) -- The saga of a British businessman who is accused of killing his new wife during their honeymoon in South Africa has garnered headlines all over the globe with its continuing twists and turns.

The story began November when new groom, Shrien Dewani, and his wife went to South Africa.

There his wife, Anni Dewani, was shot and killed during a carjacking as the couple took a taxi ride in a crime-ridden neighborhood of Cape Town.

Dewani returned home to his heartbroken relatives.

But this week the story took a twist when South African prosecutors accused Dewani of hiring a hitman to kill his wife.

South African prosecutors say they have a confession from the taxicab driver who took them out the night of the carjacking.

The alleged hijacking was in fact not a hijacking, but part of a plan of subterfuge.
--SA prosecutors in court documents
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"The alleged hijacking was in fact not a hijacking, but part of a plan of subterfuge which Shrien Dewani, the husband of the deceased, and the accused had designed to conceal the true facts... that the deceased was murdered at the instance of the husband," South African prosecutors wrote in court documents.

In the documents, prosecutors detail meetings that Dewani had with the taxicab driver where where he allgedly paid the driver 15,000 South African rands ($2,170) to have a crew of hitmen kill his wife and make it look like a carjacking.

The court documents do not say why Dewani allegedly wanted his wife dead.

The driver, Zola Tongo, has already been sentenced to 18 years in prison in South Africa for admitting to taking part in the killing.

South African authorities are now working with British officials to try and get Dewani extradited to South Africa for a trial.

Dewani's lawyers have proclaimed his innocence and have said they will fight any plan to have him extradited.

On Wednesday, the businessman was granted a bail of almost $400,0000 during a court hearing in Westminster.

But South African authorities have appealed the bail order and Dewani will remain in custody until his next court hearing, authorities said.

CNN's Nkepile Mabuse contributed to this report