South African police probe link of slain UK tourist to 2007 murder

14:55, December 12, 2010      

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South African police are investigating a link between a 2007 murder in South Africa and the slaying of UK tourist Anni Dewani last month.

Last month's murder has attracted international media attention. On Friday, Dewani's widow Shrien Dewani was granted bail in London. He is wanted by South African authorities on charges of conspiring to murder his wife near Cape Town.

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) on Saturday quoted the country's National Police Commissioner, Bheki Cele, as confirming the investigation.

Earlier on Saturday, the Weekend Argus newspaper in Cape Town reported on a possible connection between the 2007 hijacking and murder of Dr Pox Raghavjee in South Africa's Eastern Cape province and Dewani.

On Saturday, SABC news reported that Shrien Dewani allegedly told South African state witness, Zola Tongo, that he had arranged a murder in a fake hijacking in South Africa before.

The Weekend Argus said Raghavjee's widow Heather Raghavjee has close ties to Dewani and his family. She reportedly drove to Cape Town to comfort him the death of his wife.

Cele said a fourth suspect named as a "middleman" by Tongo is in reach of police when needed. The Weekend Argus named him as Monde Mbolombo, who previously worked for Protea Hotel Coliseum in Cape Town.

He was described as the link between Tongo and the two alleged gunmen.

Source: Xinhua
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