Anni Dewani’s family ‘satisfied’ with ruling

2013-07-24 16:18

London – Anni Dewani’s family is satisfied with a court decision to extradite honeymoon murder suspect Shrien Dewani to South Africa.

“For us, it is all about Anni, it’s all about finding out what happened,” said her sister Ami Denborg, the British Press Association reported today.

“We will fight this battle to the end and this battle has just begun.”

Dewani is accused of ordering the killing of his new wife Anni, 28 at the time, who was shot as the couple travelled in a taxi on the outskirts of Cape Town in November 2010. So far, three men have been convicted of Anni’s death.

Denborg said the family hoped for a speedy recovery for Dewani so he was fit to plead. But the court’s decision did not necessarily bring any relief.

“We just want to know what happened to Anni, and this is one step. It’s been really hard on the family. We are struggling every day.”

Referring to her father Vinod Hindocha, she said: “Every single time there’s a hearing he stands there, watching, seeing and thinking about Anni. She is always with us.”

Earlier, the Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London ruled that Dewani should be extradited to South Africa to stand trial.

Chief Magistrate Howard Riddle made the ruling despite arguments by Dewani’s defence team that he could suffer setbacks in his mental health if he was sent back to South Africa now.

They wanted the decision delayed by six months. The 33-year-old British businessman was earlier diagnosed with depression and posttraumatic stress disorder. Dewani has undergone treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder and depression since his wife’s death.

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