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Brit newlywed denies second carjack killing.

A BRITISH newlywed accused of hiring a hitman to kill his bride on their South African honeymoon yesterday denied he was involved in another murder three years earlier.

South African National Commissioner General Bheki Cele told reporters police are investigating a link between wealthy businessman Shrien 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 Mrs Raghavjee 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 on Friday after his family came up with pounds 250,000 security.

He is wanted by South African police for conspiracy to murder his new wife Anni, 28, who died during a carjacking. Dr Raghavjee also died during a carjacking but the case reportedly remains open. Taxi driver Zola Tongo accused Dewani of offering to pay 15,000 rand (pounds 1,400) for his wife's murder and ordering it to appear like a bungled carjacking as they drove through the township of Gugulethu.

Shrien Dewani and Anni Dewani (right) Tongo's allegation formed part of a plea agreement drawn up with prosecutors at Western Cape High Court where he was jailed for 18 years earlier this week for his part in the killing.

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

Mr Clifford said Mrs Raghavjee 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 Mrs Raghavjee met them all to talk to them and provide comfort.


Shrien Dewani and Anni Dewani (right)
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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Dec 12, 2010
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