We’ve been denied justice – Anni’s family

2012-03-30 11:13

The British justice system has just denied closure to the family of Anni Dewani by halting the extradition to South Africa of her murder-accused husband, Shrien, says her uncle.

Speaking to eNews, Anni’s uncle, Ashok Hindocha said that the family are “hoping to get closure” but a British high court decision to put Dewani’s extradition on hold “took that away from us”.

The court said in its ruling today that it would be “unjust” and “oppressive” to order Dewani to be extradited, given his mental healthHowever, the court added that “it is plainly in the interests of justice that the appellant be tried in South Africa as soon as he is fit to be tried”.

Hindocha said the decision had left the family “shocked and disappointed” and said it was “torture” for them.

He also said that he was especially concerned for the health of Anni parents.

Meanwhile, a BBC journalist quoted Dewani’s family as saying: “The Dewani family are grateful that the high court has ... blocked any attempt to extradite Shrien to South Africa now.

“Shrien is innocent and is determined to return to South Africa to clear his name and seek justice for his wife Anni.

“Shrien can only return to South Africa when he is well enough and when his personal safety can be guaranteed.”

The National Prosecuting Authority’s Mthunzi Mhaga told eNews the NPA was still confident that they could get Dewani to a South Africa court to face the charges.

The case has now been referred back to a British magistrates court for a preliminary hearing within the next six weeks. A full hearing will be held later this year.

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