Shrien Dewani to be extradited to South Africa to face charges over his wife’s murder


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Shrien Dewani will be extradited to South Africa on 8th April to face trial over the honeymoon murder of his wife, the South African government said earlier this week.

Shrien Dewani will return to South Africa to face charges over his wife Anni's death, he has fought extradition since 2010

Shrien Dewani will return to South Africa to face charges over his wife Anni's death, he has fought extradition since 2010

Dewani, who lost the latest appeal in his three-year battle against extradition in March, could appear in court on the same day he arrives in the country.

The extradition date has been confirmed by South Africa's department for Justice.

Dewani will now face charges over the murder of his wife Anni, who was found shot dead in an abandoned taxi in Cape Town's Gugulethu township in November 2010.

He has denied prosecutors' claims that he arranged his new wife's death.

His lawyers had argued that he is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, and is too ill to stand trial.

But in the High Court earlier this month, three judges rejected any further appeals in British courts against his extradition.

The care home owner could have lodged a last-ditch appeal to the European Court of Human Rights to block his exit, but lawyers had warned that the chances of success were slim.

Speaking before the announcement by the South African government, Western Cape Director of Public Prosecutions Rodney de Kock said: "We are in contact with Mr Dewani's lawyers about his return to South Africa.

"I cannot speak for his side but it appears that they are not pursuing the European option."

Prosecutors believe that Dewani, 33, paid the hijackers who later shot dead Anni, 28, in the back of their taxi after Dewani had been ejected from the vehicle.

Three men in South Africa have been convicted over Mrs Dewani's death, including the taxi driver Zola Tongo, who was sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Shrien Dewani faces charges over the murder of his wife Anni whilst on honeymoon in South Africa

Shrien Dewani faces charges over the murder of his wife Anni whilst on honeymoon in South Africa

Anni's uncle, Ashok Hindocha, said: "All we have ever wanted is answers to what happened and justice for Anni.

"We know who killed her but we don't know why so we hope he will get better and be able to answer those questions in court. This whole process has been prolonged by his defence team which has been hard but we got there in the end.

"We have had tremendous support throughout this from people from around the world and especially South Africa.

"I'd like to thank them and hope we can get justice for Anni."

The South African authorities have given a number of assurances to their British counterparts that Dewani will receive good hospital and psychiatric care when he arrives in Cape Town.

He is likely to be sent to Valkenberg Hospital in the city where he will have his own room and access to top psychiatrists.

As part of the extradition agreement, the South Africans have agreed Dewani can return to the UK within 18 months of his arrival if he is not fit enough to stand trial.

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