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'Honeymoon Murder' Trial to Begin in South Africa

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FILE - British businessman Shrien Dewani (L) and his father, Prakash Dewani, are seen heading to a bail hearing in London Feb. 24, 2011.

FILE - British businessman Shrien Dewani (L) and his father, Prakash Dewani, are seen heading to a bail hearing in London Feb. 24, 2011.

The murder trial of a British millionaire accused of ordering the killing of his wife while they were on honeymoon in South Africa is set to begin Monday.

Shrien Dewani, 34, is accused of hiring hitmen to murder his wife. He denies any involvement.

Dewani was extradited to South Africa in April after a three-year legal battle.

Anni Dewani was shot dead in Cape Town in November 2010, just days after the couple's wedding in India.

Prosecutors allege Dewani paid Cape Town residents Zola Tongo, Mziwamadoda Qwabe and Xolile Mngeni to kill his wife. The three men are serving jail terms in South Africa in connection with the murder.

Dewani claims he and his wife were kidnapped at gunpoint, and that he was released unharmed, while his bride was killed with a gunshot to the neck.

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