Dewani to be extradited on 7 April: Report

2014-03-23 09:44
Shrien Dewani (Picture: AFP)

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Johannesburg - Honeymoon murder accused Shrien Dewani will be extradited from Britain to South Africa on 7 April, eNCA reported on Sunday.

The news channel said Dewani is expected to land at the Cape Town International Airport on 8 April. He is likely to appear in court on the same day he arrives, the report said.

"The extradition process is now being handled by South African government through the justice department," Sapa reported justice department spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga as saying.

Mhaga said the department was liaising with the office of the Home Secretary in Britain to facilitate the extradition.

"We are working tirelessly to ensure that his return to our shores brings to finality this protracted legal process."

Dewani, aged 33, from Bristol, would face charges related to the murder of his wife Anni.

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

- SAPA

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