Shrien Dewani extradition hearing resumes

2013-07-01 11:22

London – The full extradition hearing for UK-based Shrien Dewani, accused of the honeymoon murder of his wife in South Africa, is reportedly due to begin today.

Dewani (33) is accused of orchestrating the death of his 28-year-old wife, Anni, who was shot as the couple travelled in a taxi on the outskirts of Cape Town in November 2010.

He has been receiving treatment for mental health problems at a hospital in Bristol, but there have been fluctuations in his condition.

In April, prosecutors said that his post-traumatic stress disorder and depression had “improved significantly”.

But then in May, the Westminster Magistrates’ Court was told he had suffered a relapse after being taken off medication to which he had a bad reaction.

Anni Dewani was shot when a taxi in which the couple were travelling was hijacked in Gugulethu, Cape Town.

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 new wife, something that Dewani has consistently denied.

A five-day extradition hearing is due to start today at the Westminster Magistrates’ Court, the British Press Association reported.

Dewani and the driver Zola Tongo were ejected from the car before she was driven away and killed. She was found dead in the back of the abandoned vehicle with a bullet wound to her neck.

Tongo was jailed for 18 years after he admitted his part in the crime. This came after he claimed in a plea agreement that Dewani ordered the carjacking and paid for a hit on his wife.

Another accomplice, Mziwamadoda Qwabe, also pleaded guilty to charges over the murder and was handed a 25-year prison sentence.

Both Tongo and Qwabe claimed Dewani wanted it to appear as if he had nothing to do with his wife’s murder.

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