Dewani 'should be extradited'

Honeymoon murder suspect Shrien Dewani should be extradited to South Africa to face trial over his wife Anni's death, Chief Magistrate Howard Riddle ruled today at Westminster Magistrates' Court.

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Anni's family: 'We will fight this battle to the end'

Anni Dewani's family have said they are "satisfied" with a court ruling that her husband Shrien should be extradited to South Africa to face trial for orchestrating her murder.

Anni's sister Ami Denborg said: "It's still a long way to the answers that we are looking for and we don't want to forget Anni in this. For us it's all about Anni, it's all about finding out what happened to her."

She added that they were hoping for a speedy recovery for Dewani so he can be fit to plead.

Background to Shrien Dewani extradition ruling

Shrien Dewani is suspected of ordering the killing of his new wife Anni, 28, who was shot as the couple travelled in a taxi in South Africa in November 2010.

His extradition back to the country has been delayed while he receives treatment for mental health problems. A judge has today ruled that he should be extradited.

Shrien Dewani with his wife Anni. Credit: Family Handout

Three men have been convicted over Mrs Dewani's death.

Last year, South African Xolile Mngeni was convicted of premeditated murder for shooting her. Prosecutors claimed that he was a hitman hired by Dewani to kill his wife, something that Dewani has consistently denied.

Xolile Mngeni was convicted of firing the gun that killed Anni Dewani. Credit: Reuters

Taxi driver Zola Tongo was jailed for 18 years after he admitted his part in the killing.

Another accomplice, Mziwamadoda Qwabe, also pleaded guilty to murder and was handed a 25-year prison sentence.

Mziwamadoda Qwabe pleaded guilty to murder. Credit: Reuters/Stringer

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Judge: 'There has been recovery' in Dewani's case

A judge has ruled that honeymoon murder suspect Shrien Dewani should be extradited to South Africa, to face trial over his wife Anni's murder.

It is not in question that Shrien Dewani will be returned to South Africa. The treating clinicians continue to state that Mr Dewani will recover.

There has been recovery, but it has been slow. It may be a long time before Mr Dewani is fit to plead, but he may be closer to that point.

It is not impossible that if returned now, then after a reasonable period of further treatment and assessment he will be found fit to plead and a trial can take place."

– Chief Magistrate Howard Riddle, speaking at Westminster Magistrates' Court

Dewani should be extradited to South Africa, court rules

Honeymoon murder suspect Shrien Dewani should be extradited to South Africa where he is accused of orchestrating the death of his wife, a court hearing has ruled.

Anni Dewani, 28, was shot as the couple travelled in a taxi on the outskirts of Cape Town while on their honeymoon, in November 2010.

Shrien Dewani is accused of orchestrating the murder of his wife Anni in South Africa.

Chief Magistrate Howard Riddle's ruling came despite arguments by his defence team that he could suffer setbacks in his mental health if sent back now.

They argued that the decision should be delayed by six months.

Mrs Dewani's relatives attended the hearing and wore photographs of her pinned to their clothes, decorated with pink ribbons.

Family's 'nightmare' after Anni Dewani's death

The family of Anni Dewani, who was killed while on honeymoon with her husband in South Africa, will attend his extradition hearing today.

Shrien Dewani, 33, is accused of orchestrating his wife's death in November 2010.

Anni's brother Anish Hindocha and sister Ami Denborg told Daybreak it had been a "nightmare" for their parents who have travelled to London from Sweden for the court appearance.

"We hope for the best outcome today. I can somehow see a light where we will get answers," Mr Hindocha said.

Decision expected in Dewani extradition hearing

Shrien Dewani will learn whether he can be extradited to South Africa today.

Shrien Dewani is accused of orchestrating the murder of his wife Anni, who was shot in Cape Town in 2010.

Dewani, a 33 year-old businessman, is accused of orchestrating the death of wife Anni, 28.

She was shot as the couple travelled in a taxi on the outskirts of Cape Town in November 2010.

Dewani denies any involvement.

Dewani's extradition has had long delays due to his ongoing depression and post-traumatic stress disorder but the court heard at the beginning of the month that his condition is now improving.

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