ONE of the killers of honeymoon bride Anni Dewani is set to walk free after winning parole from jail on Friday – despite objections from her furious family.
Taxi driver Zola Tongo was alleged to have hired two hitmen on the orders of Anni’s British millionaire husband Shrien on their honeymoon in Cape Town, South Africa in 2010.
Tongo, now 41, was jailed for 18 years for his part in Anni’s killing by a single bullet in a brutal car-jack heist and expected to be released as early as July, 2020.
But Anni’s father Vinod succeeded in blocking the freedom bid, claiming Tongo was withholding secrets about the case – in which charges against Shrien were thrown out.
Tongo has since renewed his plea for parole – and insiders say he looks almost certain to win today, ready for release in around a month.
Care home tycoon Shrien, from Bristol, was alleged to have been allowed to escape the taxi after paying Tongo.
But his trial was cut short in 2014 owing to insufficient evidence.
After Tongo’s bid was blocked last year, Anni’s uncle Ashok said: “He knows a lot more about what happened. We questioned him for four hours and never got the answers we needed.
“I’m glad the authorities have kept him locked up.”
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