A British businessman was acquitted Monday of paying hitmen to kill his wife while they were on their honeymoon in South Africa and making it look like a botched carjacking - a verdict that prompted a call by the justice minister for an inquiry into it and other recent high-profile prosecutions.

Shrien Dewani, who fought extradition from Britain for years, was found not guilty in the 2010 shooting death of his wife, Anni, in a township outside Cape Town. In issuing her ruling, Judge Jeanette Traverso said the prosecution was riddled with inconsistencies.

"There is no evidence upon which a reasonable court, acting carefully, can convict the accused," the judge said. - AP