Extradition for groom accused of killing wife
Published 29/09/2011 | 05:00
the Bristol businessman Shrien Dewani will be sent to South Africa to stand trial on charges of murdering his bride unless he overturns an extradition ruling from the British Home Secretary.
The 31-year-old widower, who has always insisted he was an innocent victim suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, has fought a 10-month battle to avoid being put on trial for arranging the killing of his bride, Anni, during their honeymoon in Cape Town.
Home Secretary Theresa May's decision came after a ruling from Senior District Judge Howard Riddle at Belmarsh Magistrates' Court in south-east London last month.
The harried businessman now bears little resemblance to the joyful groom seen in wedding pictures with Swedish-born Anni (28). The couple, from Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, had been married just two weeks when they were held at gunpoint on the night of 13 November after taking a taxi through the township of Gugulethu.
The driver, Zola Tongo, and the groom were forced from the car unharmed. Ms Dewani's body was found the next day in the abandoned car on the outskirts of Cape Town with a single bullet wound to the neck.
Mr Dewani has consistently denied hiring the killers, but the South African authorities want him extradited to stand trial for murder, kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances, conspiracy to commit murder and obstructing the administration of justice.
Mr Tongo, who has admitted his part in the crime, claimed in a plea agreement with prosecutors that Mr Dewani ordered the carjacking and paid for a hit on his wife.