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    The British businessman Shrien Dewani, wanted for extradition by South Africa over claims he paid hitmen to kill his bride on their Cape Town honeymoon, has denied he was involved in another murder three years earlier.

    South African National Commissioner General Bheki Cele said police are investigating a link between Dewani and the 2007 murder of Dr Pox Raghavjee.

    Publicist Max Clifford, who represents Dewani, dismissed the possibility his client was implicated in either murder.

    He said the doctor's widow, Heather Raghavjee, had travelled from King's William Town to Cape Town to comfort Dewani after the murder.

    But he said they had never previously met and the widow had made the journey at the request of her daughter-in-law, Alvita Raghavjee, who lives in the Bristol area and knows the Dewani family.

    Dewani, 30, was released from Wandsworth prison on bail last night after his family came up with £250,000 security. He is wanted by South African police for conspiracy to murder his new wife Anni, 28, who was killed during a carjacking on 13 November as they drove through the township of Gugulethu.

    The couple's taxi driver, Zola Tongo, was sentenced to 18 years' jail on Tuesday after confessing to conspiracy to murder, claiming Dewani approached him to hire two hitmen to stage the carjacking and kill his wife and, offering to pay 15,000 rand (£1,380).

    Dr Raghavjee also died during a carjacking but the case reportedly remains open.

    Tongo has alleged that Dewani told him he had arranged a murder in a fake hijacking in South Africa before.

    Clifford said: "Heather Raghavjee flew from King's William Town in South Africa to Cape Town to try to comfort the family at the request of her daughter-in-law Alvita, who lives in the Bristol area and knew the Dewani family.

    "She had never met Shrien before in her life. But she experienced what he experienced when her husband, Dr Pox Raghavjee, was shot dead in a carjacking three years earlier."

    He said Dewani's father and father-in-law both flew to Cape Town on Sunday, the day after the murder, and Heather Raghavjee then met them all to talk to them and provide comfort.
    So desperate are the SA to steer this case away froma simple hijacking-murder (very common in SA) in order to protect their tourism, they are now saying that this guy also was involved killing someone else.

    Why not pin the whole apartheid on him too...

    They claim to have cctv footage of him handing money over to the cabbie a few days after the killing. If that's the case, this isn't hilarity.
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    Well the guy who did it and the cabbie both say it as him that orgnised it. Thats quite a serious claim to.
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