Dewani lodges extradition appeal

2011-10-01 07:50

London – British businessman Shrien Dewani lodged an appeal yesterday against an order that he can be extradited to South Africa over his wife’s murder.

The United Kingdom-based Press Association reported that the move for a High Court challenge came after Home Secretary Theresa May signed an order for the extradition.

Care-home owner Dewani is accused of arranging a hit on his bride Anni during their honeymoon in Cape Town last November.

May’s decision came after District Judge Howard Riddle ruled at Belmarsh Magistrates Court in southeast London last month that Dewani (31) should be sent back to South Africa to stand trial.

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said yesterday evening that the NPA’s British counterparts had confirmed that Dewani had lodged an appeal.

Mhaga said the NPA had not yet received a copy of the notice of appeal so it did not know on what grounds it was lodged.

“After we receive that copy we will be in a position to respond accordingly. We are in constant interaction with our British counterparts,” Mhaga said.

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