Dewani handed over to SA officials, heading to Cape Town

2014-04-07 23:02
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Johannesburg - Honeymoon murder suspect Shrien Dewani left the United Kingdom on Monday night for South Africa, where he is expected to appear in court on Tuesday, the British Press Association reported.

The millionaire businessman was flown from Bristol Airport after a protracted legal battle against extradition on the grounds that he has mental health problems.

Scotland Yard said Dewani was taken from Fromeside Hospital in Bristol to the airport accompanied by officers from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) Extradition Unit, according to the report.

Officers were met at the airport by South African officials who escorted him on the flight to South Africa.

He was expected to appear in the Western Cape High Court in Cape Town on Tuesday in connection with the murder of his wife Anni in 2010.

Dewani claims he and Anni were kidnapped at gun point as they drove through Gugulethu in Cape Town in a taxi in November 2010.

Dewani was released unharmed. The next day his wife's body was found in the abandoned car. She had been shot dead.

The couple were on honeymoon at the time.

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 has denied any part in the murder.

- SAPA

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