Monday 23 April 2018

Groom who allegedly had his bride murdered on honeymoon to be extradited to SA

Shrien Dewani and Anni Dewani. Photo: PA
Shrien Dewani and Anni Dewani. Photo: PA
British Home Secretary Theresa May has agreed that businessman Shrien Dewani should be extradited to South Africa to stand trial in connection with the murder of his wife, Anni Dewani, on honeymoon, the Home Office said today. Photo: PA

Rosa Silverman

BRITISH businessman Shrien Dewani, who allegedly arranged for the murder of his new wife on honeymoon, is to be extradited to South Africa.

Care home owner Dewani is accused of arranging a hit on his bride Anni during their honeymoon in Cape Town last November.

British Home Secretary Theresa May approved the extradition order today and he now has 14 days to appeal to the High Court, a Home Office spokesman said.

Dewani, 31, denies any involvement in the death of Anni Dewani, who was shot dead in a taxi in Cape Town last November in an apparent car-jacking.

Wynberg Regional Court in Cape Town was told that Dewani, from Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, approached an airport shuttle service operator to "procure a hit man to have a woman killed".

He is said to have made the request almost immediately after arriving at the Cape Grace Hotel last November with his 28-year-old wife. The allegation formed part of an indictment handed to two other men accused of killing Mrs Dewani during the court hearing.

Xolile Wellington Mngeni and Mziwamadoda Lennox Qwabe have appeared at Wynberg Regional Court in Cape Town to face charges of murder, kidnapping and aggravated robbery.

The two men, who are also accused of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition, will face trial at Western Cape High Court next year.

Mngeni, who has a malignant brain tumour, was helped into the dock by his co-accused before they were committed for trial.

Mrs Dewani was shot dead in an apparent car-jacking in the impoverished Gugulethu township on the outskirts of Cape Town last November. Her husband and cab driver Zola Tongo were ejected from the vehicle.

Dewani was later accused of ordering the attack. He was implicated by Tongo, 31, who claimed in a plea bargain that Dewani had offered him 15,000 rand (£1,400) for the killing.

Last month a judge ruled Dewani could be extradited to South Africa to stand trial. The cab driver, from Bothasig, has been sentenced to 18 years in jail for murder, kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances and perverting the course of justice.

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