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Dewani could serve sentence in UK jail

2012-03-30 10:15

Cape Town - Shrien Dewani could serve his sentence in Bristol Prison in Britain if he is found guilty of plotting to murder his wife, a South African legal expert has said.

Paul Hoffman, a former acting High Court judge in South Africa, said this option was unusual, but could be arranged through an inter-governmental deal, the BBC reported.

However, a British justice ministry spokesperson said the department had prisoner transfer agreements with various countries but not with South Africa. But that could change in the future.

"We hope to get more agreements with other countries and one of them may be South Africa," the BBC quoted the spokesperson as saying.

Shrien Dewani has been charged with plotting to murder his Swedish bride, Anni, in an apparent staged hijacking in Cape Town in November 2010. He denies any involvement in the crime.

Taxi driver, Zola Tongo, received an 18-year jail sentence after pleading guilty to taking part in the hijacking.

He accused Dewani of paying him R15 000 to arrange the hit.

Hoffman, a director of the Institute for Accountability in Southern Africa, said that if extradited, it would be likely that Dewani would be put on trial along with his co-accused, Mziwamadoda Qwabe, 25, and Xolile Mngeni, 23, in the Western Cape High Court.

The Bristol businessman could also be tried in the UK, Hoffman added.

Comments
  • Siphiwo - 2012-03-30 10:23

    So the Government did not know that we do not have that agreement with Britain? I remember the suspended Police Chief, driving for the return of Dewani, did he check first? I am lost here, anybody can help or am I going too fast?

      Deon - 2012-03-30 10:36

      Extradition agreement is different from a prisoner transfer agreement.

      Toohotdurban - 2012-03-30 10:38

      me thinks you are slow...

      siyadyosiba - 2012-03-30 10:48

      @Deon, you said it all. Enough said.

      ezeagwula.chioma - 2012-03-30 10:57

      Pls you people should allow this man,may be his wife has been no his neck and he didt known what to do.pls even due his guilty and the women is still alive pls let him go pls pls.

      siyadyosiba - 2012-03-30 11:09

      @chioma...??????

  • radlegend - 2012-03-30 10:30

    He's INNOCENT!!! Leave the poor man alone! *Innocent until proven guilty* I hope and pray he is never extradited, ever!!!! He has suffered enough already. His life has already been ruined by these false accusations. Now let's hope they can just drop the charges, and leave him be. *holding thumbs* ...and yes, go ahead...thumb me down all you like...you know deep down in your hearts that he is NOT guilty

      Amanda - 2012-03-30 10:35

      ag u just looking for attention. so please keep ur stupid comment for urself

      Deon - 2012-03-30 10:37

      Too many unanswered questions, he sounds guilty.

      rbphiri - 2012-03-30 10:38

      I'm guessing you are one of the male prostitutes Dewani bought...are your afraid that you will lose business once his @ss is extradited?

      Toohotdurban - 2012-03-30 10:44

      & if if twas your sister? hey, then what...hang the B@5t2rd you would say.

      siyadyosiba - 2012-03-30 10:51

      You making laugh. Cant say u stupid....its an understatement.

      Marion - 2012-03-30 10:53

      Okay Shrien. Get offline now and drink your meds.

      rbphiri - 2012-03-30 10:57

      radlegend - Stupidity which is RADically LEGENDary.

      sabongam - 2012-03-30 10:57

      You certainly are no radlegend. Well,certainly not in my books after your idiotic and uninformed comment. How do you know that he's not guilty? If he is so innocent as according to you then what is he afraid of to come and stand trial.Where's the evidence that false accusations have been torwards him? As ToohotDurban posed the question to you - would you be saying the same if it was your sister? I very much doubt that and you know it.Now go and do something productive and stop being a useless oxygen thief.

      maraup - 2012-03-30 10:58

      we all know that in criminal law the accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty but at the same time the accused bears the eveidential burden in order to dispute everything..Therefore It is of paramount importance that he stands trial. Beside you never heard his side of the story to determine whether he's guilty or not...check the facts of each and every case before deciding PLEASE

      Caroline - 2012-03-30 11:07

      Radlegend, what false accusations are you talking about? What about justice for Anni's family? They want him to come to SA, stand up like a man and face the trial. If he is innocent then he has nothing to worry about. He is a pathetic man hiding behind a post traumatic stress disorder! He seems very guilty to me!

      Tim - 2012-03-30 11:25

      He left his new bride in the back of a taxi with a couple of gun wielding thugs, in the middle of Guggs and did a runner. Didn't put up any resistance, what for a gorgeous new bride? What kind of man does that? A guilty one... I do hope that his wealth won't prevent him seeing the inside of a South African prison.

      Stormkaap - 2012-03-30 11:40

      And I suppose you were with him and therefore his alibi!

      Loo - 2012-03-30 11:41

      You been in love with the man a long time ??????

      Martin - 2012-03-30 14:15

      You poor misguided individual, if he's so innocent, why won't he come back to tell his side. hwe could say that he had a shower or something.

  • evdwesthuizen1 - 2012-03-30 10:34

    He must sit here if found guilty. BIG IF!!

  • rbphiri - 2012-03-30 10:37

    Dewani serving time in a UK jail is the same as sending him to a 5 star hotel in maritius, where he can have endless tea with the queen.

  • Oom - 2012-03-30 10:38

    Yeah he definitely deserves some time with bubba. Here's the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q27xtHbgXcU

  • Julie - 2012-03-30 10:41

    @ radlegend u obviously never saw the camera footage ???????????? ignorance is bliss

      radlegend - 2012-03-30 10:54

      Anything could have been in that bag. Who's to say it wasn't a bunch of special English tea?! :p *innocent until proven guilty*

      siyadyosiba - 2012-03-30 11:15

      @Radlegend, did u ever hear about "law must take its course"?. U seem like only "just a pretty face", or u probably have crush on him hahahahaha

      radlegend - 2012-03-30 12:11

      @siyadyosiba: believe it or not, i studied criminal law and forensic science in uni...so i think i know what i'm talking about. And yes, i do have a crush on him! who wouldnt? he's not a bad looking man. and him and anni were such a beautiful couple! :)

  • Vernon - 2012-03-30 10:52

    now you are really pissing papa off!!!!

  • Mark - 2012-03-30 11:30

    Extradition Agreement: You're sent back to the country where you committed the murder to serve sentence (SA). Prisoner Transfer Agreement: SA agrees to allow Dewani to stay in England to serve the sentence there even though the crime was committed in another country

  • Khomotso Tlolane-Mthembu - 2012-03-30 11:31

    if u can't construct a sentence, don't comment because we wont understand your point!

  • pieter.thefuture - 2012-03-30 13:58

    if he is guilty of arranging the murder of his wife he should be placed directly in polsmoor - I hear there is a nice gentleman named mongrel that will help him with any accommodation problems.

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