Dewani 'should be extradited'

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

Full report: Court rules Dewani should be extradited

A court has ruled the Bristol businessman Shrien Dewani should be sent to South Africa to face trial over his wife's death.

That's despite suffering from depression and post-traumatic stress, which means he's not fit to plead.

He's accused of arranging the murder of his wife Anni while they were on their honeymoon in Cape Town in November 2010.

His lawyers insist he's not well enough to be extradited and plan an appeal, as Bob Constantine reports:

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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.

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Shrien Dewani with his wife Anni
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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Dewani family statement:

Lawyers acting for Shrien Dewani will review today's judgment and lodge an appeal during which time Shrien will remain in the UK.

Shrien Dewani remains unfit to be extradited or to face trial.

Shrien remains committed to returning to South Africa when his health would permit a full trial and when appropriate protections are in place for his health and safety.

The legal process in ongoing and it would be inappropriate to comment further."

– Dewani family statement.
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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.

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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

Shrien Dewani should be extradited to South Africa where he is accused of orchestrating the death of his wife, a hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court has ruled.

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

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

Chief Magistrate Howard Riddle said that the 33-year old businessman should return to the country, 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.

Dewani 'should be extradited'

Shrien Dewani. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Bristol businessman Shrien Dewani will find out today whether he will be extradited to South Africa to face trial over the murder of his wife.

Mr Dewani is accused of arranging her murder on their honeymoon in Cape Town in 2010. His lawyers say he is suffering from depression and post-traumatic stress disorder and should not face trial abroad.