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Dewani accused murder trial opens

The trial of a man accused of being paid by a Briton to murder his bride on honeymoon in South Africa has begun.

Xolile Mngeni pleaded not guilty to two charges over the November 2010 killing of Anni Dewani.

Prosecutors in Cape Town say Mngeni was hired by Mrs Dewani's British husband Shrien to carry out the killing and faces charges including murder, robbery, kidnapping and illegal gun possession.

Mgneni, who had surgery for a brain tumour, told a judge he was ready to stand trial.

Last week, Mngeni's alleged accomplice Mziwamadoda Qwabe pleaded guilty to charges over the killing, receiving a 25-year prison sentence.

Zola Tongo, the taxi driver that police say Mr Dewani asked to plot the killing, earlier pleaded guilty to charges over the killing and received an 18-year prison sentence.

Mr Dewani has denied any plot to kill his wife.

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