Saturday 20 January 2018

Extradition ordered in honeymoon murder case

Murder accused: Shrien Dewani. Photo: Getty Images
Murder accused: Shrien Dewani. Photo: Getty Images
Shrien Dewani and Anni Dewani. Photo: PA

Tom Whitehead and Aislinn Laing

THE honeymoon murder suspect Shrien Dewani can be extradited from the UK to South Africa to face trial over his wife's death, a court has ruled.

He is suspected of ordering the killing of Anni Dewani (28), who was shot as the newlywed couple travelled in a taxi in Cape Town in November 2010.

Mr Dewani (33) has been fighting extradition and his legal team argued that he was mentally unfit to be removed.

But a senior district judge in London ruled yesterday that he could receive treatment just as easily in South Africa as in Britain. Lawyers for Mr Dewani are expected to try to take the case to the Supreme Court.

The businessman has been receiving treatment for depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

So far three men have been convicted over Mrs Dewani's death. Last year Xolile Mngeni was convicted of premeditated murder. Prosecutors said that he was a hitman hired by Mr Dewani, who has consistently denied that claim.

Taxi driver Zola Tongo was jailed for 18 years after he admitted his part in the killing and Mziwamadoda Qwabe also pleaded guilty to murder and was jailed for 25 years. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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