Day two of Dewani's extradition appeal

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Pretoria - Shrien Dewani's appeal against his extradition to South Africa to face charges relating to his wife's murder will enter its second day at the High Court in London on Wednesday.

According to reports, Dewani did not appear in court on Tuesday at the start of the appeal against his extradition.

His legal team is challenging an extradition order granted by Belmarsh District Court Judge Howard Riddle in August. Home Secretary Theresa May signed an order approving the extradition in September.

South African authorities requested that Dewani be brought back to South Africa to stand trial on charges related to Anni Dewani's murder.

In November last year, Dewani claimed the couple was hijacked while driving through Khayelitsha and that he was forced out of the vehicle. Anni's body was found in the abandoned vehicle the next day. She had been shot.

Dewani returned to the UK shortly after his wife's death and was arrested thereafter.

Zola Tongo, the man who chauffeured the couple, claimed in court that Dewani gave him R15 000 as payment to kill Anni.

Tongo was sentenced to an effective 18 years imprisonment for his role in the crime.

Dewani is apparently suffering from severe post-traumatic stress disorder.

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