Shrien Dewani to be extradited to SA

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Pretoria - A judge has ruled that honeymoon murder accused, Shrien Dewani, can be extradited to South Africa to face charges relating to his wife's murder.

Belmarsh District Court Chief Magistrate Howard Riddle, in turning down Dewani's plea to stay in the UK, said he had complete confidence in South African justice system.

Dewani's legal team has said they may lodge an appeal against the decision.

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

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

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.

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