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Shrien Dewani loses court bid to block extradition

Honeymoon murder suspect Shrien Dewani has lost a High Court bid to block his extradition to South Africa until he is fit to stand trial.

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Timeline of Shrien Dewani's extradition case

The High Court judges said they believe the South African government "genuinely seeks (Dewani's) return for the purpose of prosecution". Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Archive

Today's High Court rejection of Shrien Dewani's bid to delay his extradition to South Africa is the latest ruling in a lengthy legal process.

Dewani's extradition to eventually stand trial for his wife's killing in November 2010 has been delayed while he receives treatment for mental health problems.

The go-ahead for Dewani's extradition was originally granted in 2011 before the High Court allowed an appeal.

Last July, chief magistrate Howard Riddle ruled at Westminster Magistrates' Court that Dewani should be extradited and rejected his attempt to stay in the UK for further hospital treatment.

But Dewani then won a further High Court hearing, centred on two legal issues.

The first related to Dewani's status as "an accused person" while the second concerned whether it would be "unjust and oppressive" to extradite him "regardless of the prognosis" of his mental condition. The High Court has today ruled against him on those matters.

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