Shrien Dewani to fight extradition

2014-02-27 14:14

Lawyers for murder accused Shrien Dewani will seek to stop his extradition to South Africa in the high court in Britain on Monday.

South African justice department spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said today Dewani’s lawyers want the court to disregard South Africa’s undertaking on the amount of time Dewani could be kept in the country without trial if he continues to suffer mental health problems. “They [Dewani’s lawyers] have asked the court not to accept our undertaking ... but have requested an application to appeal the matter before the UK Supreme Court,” Mhaga said.

Lawyers representing the South African justice department are likely to oppose the application.

“If his application is dismissed, Dewani’s last legal avenue is an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights based in Strasbourg in France,” Mhaga said.

The justice department respects the court process and is confident Dewani will eventually appear before the country’s courts, said Mhaga.

Dewani (33) from Bristol, will face charges related to the murder of his wife, Anni. Dewani has claimed the couple were kidnapped at gunpoint as they drove through Gugulethu township in Cape Town in a taxi in November 2010. They were on their honeymoon at the time. Dewani was released unharmed. The next day, Anni’s body was found in the abandoned car. She had been shot dead.

Xolile Mngeni was convicted of the murder and jailed for life. Prosecutors allege Dewani hired him to kill his wife.

Taxi driver Zola Tongo was jailed for 18 years after he admitted his part in the killing. Another accomplice, Mziwamadoda Qwabe, pleaded guilty to murder and received a 25-year prison sentence.

Dewani, who is being detained in hospital under the Mental Health Act, has denied any part in the murder.

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