Extraditing Shrien Dewani "cost £250,000"

A Freedom of Information request has found extraditing former murder suspect Shrien Dewani for trial in South Africa cost around £250,000. The Bristol businessman was cleared of plotting his wife's death on their honeymoon four years ago.

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Quarter of a million pound bill for extraditing Dewani

Shrien Dewani at a bail hearing before he was extradited to South Africa for trial Credit: PA

Extraditing cleared honeymoon murder suspect Shrien Dewani to face trial in South Africa cost the British taxpayer around £250,000, according to reports.

A Freedom of Information (FOI) request by the Daily Mirror suggested the Crown Prosecution Service spent a total of £136,520 on QCs and junior counsel to argue the case in court, while a further £23,464 was spent on psychiatric assessments of the Bristol-based businessman.

Mr Dewani, 34, fought a long UK court battle against extradition before being cleared of murdering his wife Anni who was shot dead in Cape Town during their honeymoon in South Africa in 2010.

Three men already serving jail terms for their role in the killing claimed Mr Dewani arranged a hijacking-gone wrong in which he would survive and his wife would be killed, but a judge in South Africa ruled their evidence was flawed and the case was thrown out before he could give evidence.

The Mirror also said FOI figures showed CPS solicitors spent 496 hours on the case, adding a further #34,000 to the public's bill, while police, transport and medical costs made the total around £250,000.

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