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Dewani's extradition to SA halted

2012-03-30 11:22

London - Britain's high court has ruled that Shrien Dewani's extradition to South Africa to face charges relating to his wife's murder should be halted on mental health grounds.

He should not be extradited until his health condition improves, it ruled.

Dewani is suspected of masterminding the murder of his Swedish wife, Anni, 28, in a staged hijacking while they were on honeymoon in Cape Town in November 2010.

The National Prosecuting Authority applied for his extradition back to South Africa as the fourth accused in the case. An extradition order was signed by Britain's home secretary Theresa May, but he lodged an appeal to Britain's high court, claiming his health and life would be at risk if he returned to South Africa to face trial.

Comments
  • mholthuysen - 2012-03-30 11:26

    As much as I would like this guy to be prosecuted at home - the "Elephant in a porcelain shop" attitude of our police and justice clearly has resulted in this result. Another "success" story of our failed justice and SAPS!

      Elizebeth - 2012-03-30 11:29

      All he had to do was show them a video of the police beating those men in Natal with broomsticks and he would have proven his point, well done SA , another step along the path to become a banana republic

      david.baker.sa - 2012-03-30 11:34

      As much as I would like to condemn our NPA or SAP this time its not them. They have not halted the extradition because of anything here. He has convinced the courts that he is unwell. It has nothing to do with our justice system. The only criticisism you can level is maybe SAP should have detained him before he left. If you want to give minus points this time award them to the UK justice system

      Marion - 2012-03-30 11:36

      I don't think that has anything to do with the decision. It has just been halted until his health improves.

      Laurence - 2012-03-30 11:36

      The point is that Dewani is using the defence that he is not mentally fit to stand trial. The problem is of course he is a psycho who else would do that their brand new spouse!? This scumbag will pay for his crimes, in this life or the next.

      Squeegee - 2012-03-30 11:36

      Great job SA. This is so frustrating.

      mholthuysen - 2012-03-30 11:38

      I read between the lines - and strongly believe that this entire "mental" issue is just a farce not to make it too obvious.

      rememberhlulani.mabasa - 2012-03-30 11:38

      Dewani is da really busted y dont hey send him here @s.a

      Anton - 2012-03-30 11:39

      Nonesense David, they should of never let him fly home in the first place. They did not even consider him a suspect, did not look a the CCTV, NOTHING!! The blame lies directly at the door of the police and the NPA.

      cosmos.ndebele - 2012-03-30 11:59

      Nothing to do with S.A, that drivel is faking illness, to pretend is losing his mind. He wont be able to exit that mental institution as normal man without going via South Africa. Wheels of justice might be slow in this case, but they ar turning. This guy will never escape this case unless he takes his own life. I hve lived in the West all my adult life, this is clearly a procedure that the UK justice is following otherwise this muppet would hve gone to the European court of human rights & still won. Patience is essential in this case

      cosmos.ndebele - 2012-03-30 11:59

      Nothing to do with S.A, that drivel is faking illness, to pretend is losing his mind. He wont be able to exit that mental institution as normal man without going via South Africa. Wheels of justice might be slow in this case, but they ar turning. This guy will never escape this case unless he takes his own life. I hve lived in the West all my adult life, this is clearly a procedure that the UK justice is following otherwise this muppet would hve gone to the European court of human rights & still won. Patience is essential in this case

      cosmos.ndebele - 2012-03-30 11:59

      Nothing to do with S.A, that drivel is faking illness, to pretend is losing his mind. He wont be able to exit that mental institution as normal man without going via South Africa. Wheels of justice might be slow in this case, but they ar turning. This guy will never escape this case unless he takes his own life. I hve lived in the West all my adult life, this is clearly a procedure that the UK justice is following otherwise this muppet would hve gone to the European court of human rights & still won. Patience is essential in this case

      mstemela - 2012-03-30 11:59

      @David.Baker.sa you are 1 of few news24 readers who always write sense ,and to every1 else, David doesnt even have a thumbs down but am sure after this comment i am making 1 idiot will go and give 1, indeed you are so spot on.

      chris.debeer1 - 2012-03-30 12:02

      Shaikelitis is incurable we all now that so he commited the perfect crime and the Shaikelitis is the cherry on the cake!!

      louis.langenhoven - 2012-03-30 12:13

      @Chris spot on bro- he will never recover- will just get slightly worse every time they evaluate him- the justice system in most parts of the world is a farce and everyone is playing along. Great Brittain is a country with a lot of ridiculous court decisions. The other day they gave a guy jailtime for badmouthing someone on FB and a coupla hours later they gave another criminal a suspended sentence for a serious GBH

      Juicecard - 2012-03-30 12:20

      Only a psycho can do what Dewani did and he is using mental instability as an excuse.No fault of the SAPS and NPA

      tolo.zulu.mchenge - 2012-03-30 12:40

      What does this Dewani's mental fake inllness has to do with SA and SA Police @ MIKE.... Wakeup

      Gerald - 2012-03-30 12:42

      at Elizabeth And I suppose England does not have documented cases of police brutalit right...or because it is your so called first world or civilised country it isn't so bad hey...and you call this country a banana republic...perhaps its citizenry ( You included) is what makes this great nation a banana republic. Now, Elizabeth...would you like a banana?

      jeanpierre.dumont - 2012-03-30 13:45

      @Mike - what are you talking about? "Britain's high court has ruled that Shrien Dewani's extradition to South Africa to face charges relating to his wife's murder should be halted on mental health grounds. He should not be extradited until his health condition improves, it ruled." This has nothing to do with the conditions of SA prisons or the SAPS and justice system - in fact they did a sterling job here. This crook has simply used good lawyers to argue that he is mentally ill and cannot be extradited until he is well - another delaying tactic available to crooks with access to cash and good lawyers.

      mholthuysen - 2012-03-30 13:48

      Yikes - okay - if the SAPS and NPA all did such a glorious job - why they hell are we having an extradition hearing in the first place. He would have NEVER left South Africa!

      Sizwe - 2012-03-30 14:02

      did you even read the story? what does his mental health have to do with the SAPS...bandwagonists like yourself are so tiresome, move to australia where im sure you wont have anything to complain about

      Sizwe - 2012-03-30 14:09

      Mike you are stupid. why are we having an extradition hearing? they are a democratic country and operate under their own rules...dude get a life and find something else to bitch and moan about...i can't imagine how your wife puts up with you.

  • RSole - 2012-03-30 11:28

    Send him here, the inmates at Pollsmore are excellent counselors and great listeners.

      Chad - 2012-03-30 11:40

      precisely why he should not be sent to sa. what type of human rights are you stipulating exist in your prisons and your courts to be reviewed independently by government, oh... and then the info bill. no in the uk he will have a fair trial......,

      Chad - 2012-03-30 11:48

      and let us not forget about shaikh, or selebi. look at your own judicial system before commenting on the first world.....

      winston.mullany - 2012-03-30 12:03

      Chad you right! The pom can't deal with our prisons!!!! The UK system treats prisoners like they live in a hotel! In SA, the prisons here are just that, a prison.

      philani.goba - 2012-03-30 12:09

      @CHAD - it is precisely why he should be tried here in the jungle, so he can be treated as an animal that he is, as for you my friend. go stand in the rain in your No. 1 US brown noser country of yours (if you're from there)

      Chad - 2012-03-30 12:12

      @winston, in the uk prisons are for rehabilitation, not for violation.

      sarah.bouttell - 2012-03-30 12:17

      @ Chad. Fine, have him. He can leach of your taxes instead of mine.

      sarah.bouttell - 2012-03-30 12:17

      *off*

      winston.mullany - 2012-03-30 13:57

      @Chad, once you break the law, you have no rights. In essence what you saying its okay to rehabilitate at OUR expense and then set him free? I say put a bullet between his eyes! Justice served!!! Even better send him this side and he can be somebody's bitch in prison!

      Nigel - 2012-03-30 17:45

      Surely he's innocent until proven guilty? Or doesn't that apply in SA any more?

  • Waldo Moulder - 2012-03-30 11:28

    What a bunch of bull! What about the poor girls family wanting closure! Justice is not being done!

      Louis - 2012-03-30 11:38

      If I were her family, I'd get him sorted out in the UK. To hell with the UK courts. Just make him disappear...

      siyadyosiba - 2012-03-30 11:49

      ..or organize alqueda agents. Put an end to him once and for all.

  • jaz82 - 2012-03-30 11:28

    Bang gat

  • calliedj - 2012-03-30 11:29

    He must have gotten some tips from O.J.

      Squeegee - 2012-03-30 11:35

      No, he does not like our golf courses.

  • Reva - 2012-03-30 11:29

    This bastard is going to get away with murder.

      siyadyosiba - 2012-03-30 11:51

      Your statement is talking about the future. Can you re-arrange it to past tense and see how it sounds, coz thats the truth.

  • Den - 2012-03-30 11:31

    so sickening, this low life is pulling the wool over there eyes.

  • Ordinary - 2012-03-30 11:32

    There we go again, another one claiming to be sick!

  • jurgen.eksteen - 2012-03-30 11:33

    Well ... until he is mentally fit. When he gets out of the wards one day as 'mentally fit', he is on a plane to sunny South Africa. He can't be allowed to go home because he is a suicide risk. Either way, he is in custody. If he is allowed to go home then I cry Bullsh|t !!

  • Ofentse - 2012-03-30 11:33

    money buys the whiskey...enough said..sigh

  • Jean-Paul - 2012-03-30 11:35

    How much money was that judge offered ? I smell a rat ? The UK is just as corrupt don't put SA down so quickly , we far from Banana republic , if you you travel to places like India,South America and the rest of Africa we actually have nice here in SA.

  • Mashudu - 2012-03-30 11:35

    there's no justice in this world.

  • Marion - 2012-03-30 11:35

    Who will decide if and when his health improves?

      Deon - 2012-03-30 11:40

      Probably a UK Psychiatrist, hopefully in a month or 2.

      siyadyosiba - 2012-03-30 11:56

      That would be when he is turning 60 and ready to go to a pensioners care.

      Oom - 2012-03-30 15:27

      What's the bet it's not going to improve? Apparemtly Shaikalitis is now becomming an international phenomanon. Pahtetic really

  • ndumiso.mncwango - 2012-03-30 11:38

    This is a joke. It has been more than a year already, this could go on forever

  • amanda - 2012-03-30 11:39

    As far as I can see it he has got away scot free. Just what I expected from the U.K. Not surprised at all.

      siyadyosiba - 2012-03-30 11:54

      my point exactly, damn bullies

  • liz.biggs - 2012-03-30 11:39

    It's all about his health and will he get a fair trial,what about the victim's here.This man has played the system and they have fallen for it!Shocking,disgusting,atrocious!

  • Sajid - 2012-03-30 11:40

    if that image was taken this morning...then he looks perfectly health to me

  • Msika - 2012-03-30 11:41

    Why was he allowed to leave the country after commiting the crime in the first place? he's playing "hide and seek" now making all of us look dumb.

  • Siyambuka - 2012-03-30 11:42

    We want him in SA. He can be a good wife in Mzansi Jail

  • chizgal - 2012-03-30 11:43

    Wow....i bet reason the extradition is halted is because the judge and panel are scared for their lives...!!! justice system (world wide) has proved to be wide of the mark, jail's for the poor....DONE!

  • tstander - 2012-03-30 11:44

    I say bring the bastard here. He wanted to commit murder in a third world country (hoping, of course, that local law enforcement would be too backwards to catch him), so let him experience third world prison conditions.

  • gaeleen - 2012-03-30 11:44

    This is a travesty of justice and a kick in the teeth to SA NPA by British courts. Has nothing to do with SAPS (Mike). Once again UK has gone back on its agreement with SA. Bugger mental health if he is innocent he would have been here long ago - he is pure EVIL.

  • Nicholas - 2012-03-30 11:47

    This guy is a class act con artist and the British legal system has fallen for it, hook line and sinker!

  • Gordon - 2012-03-30 11:49

    IF this means he stays in a mental institution for ever at his own expense or at Her Majesties pleasure, then fine. There is nothing nice about a place like that - period.

  • Zing - 2012-03-30 11:50

    BullSh1t!

  • Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-03-30 11:50

    Oh FFS. Every second killer resorts to some mental health excuse or another.

  • sally.lewitt - 2012-03-30 11:53

    A major INJUSTICE has been committed. who gives a toss about his "mental health" Annie's poor family will never get closure on this senseless MURDER!

  • Treyzo - 2012-03-30 11:55

    this is just so unfair. so when will his health condition improve? all we know he might just be declared terminally ill. the south african justice system is being taken for a long ride by this Dawani guy, if i was them i would just forget about the extradition. sad but true

  • Dee - 2012-03-30 11:56

    TRAVESTY OF JUSTICE. U did the crime u spineless, gutless poor excuse of a human being. The uK courts have failed Anni and her family in the worst way possible.

  • lisa.evansdominick - 2012-03-30 11:56

    so for years to come he will live in luxury in his fancy mental hospital and never face the music. Justice will not be done!!! so so sad, once again crime pays.

      Nigel - 2012-03-30 17:47

      How do you know he's living in luxury?

  • Andrew - 2012-03-30 11:56

    Is anyone surprised with our horrific track record of the police and correctional services. Sad because of this he will get away. The blame lies on the NPA and our total lack of control of the police and correctional services!!!!

      dwoodington - 2012-03-30 12:02

      Did you even read the article?! His extradition was put on hault because he is apparantly not menatally stable to stand trail! The blame lies with the British Law! They allowing a criminal to get away.

  • Trevor - 2012-03-30 11:59

    We live in a sick society where criminals rights are made more important than those of the victims ! The time for change is know < out with the morrally corrupt and let ordinary people live their lives. What precedent are we setting , anyone charged with criminal charges can just pull the mental illness card ! BullSh1t

      Trevor - 2012-03-30 12:35

      Juliass why you give me a thumbs down !

  • zaakiro - 2012-03-30 12:01

    It's funny how every seems to be blaming the South African Govt, South African Justice System, South African Police and the NPA when they are not the one's halting the extradition.... I am not a supported of how many criminals are handled by our Justice system, i think our policing is pathetic and our Govt are far behind...but in this specific incident i think the British Justice system should be at blame... But as usual we South African do what we do best....find a scapegoat and talk the talk....but can never walk the walk Blame SAPS, Blame the NPA !!! How will that solve anything...because the roads are in appalling condition blame the SA Road Services for the case to be halted... Because our health system is failing, blame the Dep. of Health for the case to be halted... Because our prisons are not rehabilitating criminals blame the Correctional Services for the case to be halted... People need to identify the problem and isolate certain issues, otherwise when we start the blame game, we look like moronic fools... Come on...seriously get a hold of yourself and understand what's happening.

  • sbongile.buthelezi - 2012-03-30 12:02

    Honestly? *shocked* This man is not mentally unstable @ all if anything he is just being haunted by his evil deeds... This poor woman will not rest let alone her family moving past this all because he is now mental!!! He wasn't sick when he planned this whole debacle all through to prosecution and now that he's caught out all of a sudden insanity takes preference? Unfair let him be a man and bring him back here to face his demons!

  • radlegend - 2012-03-30 12:03

    Shame, poor Shrien is going mad because of all this. In any case, I'm happy with this ruling. #innocentuntilprovenguilty

      louis.langenhoven - 2012-03-30 12:44

      hi nutcase- I've decided to give you a thumbs up every time I see you post...choke on that

  • Pumla - 2012-03-30 12:07

    Uk justice is as dumb as this Diwani fool,not suprised at all with this outcome. Im glad that his life will never be the same again no matter how hard he tries.*upset maan*

  • hoyingomane - 2012-03-30 12:08

    Great!

  • david.baker.sa - 2012-03-30 12:08

    @Anton - 1st off I conceded that the mistake the SAP did probably make was that they let him go back to the UK. To the others, the British court system would not use mental health as an excuse not to extradite him (because their reason is something else) The UK is very liberal and its possible he has pulled the wool over their eyes. Hopefully our NPA will appeal this decision. Extradition messes are quite normal. Recently the UK extradited someone (for a non-violent charge) to the USA. There was a long time and many court sessions that elapsed before the individual was extradited (and that was between 2 1st world countries that are partners) So NPA get the appeal in order

  • Stephen - 2012-03-30 12:09

    If he's convicted of murder in the UK, lucky if he spends 8 years in jail.

  • Wayne - 2012-03-30 12:11

    What a crock of ........! Let the s.o.b. come to RSA to answer to the allegations. HAs this man perhaps been chatting to Shabby Shaik?

  • Rosalind - 2012-03-30 12:12

    This guy really is a mastermind. He's managed to "feign" mental health as well as con our and Britain's justice system. I feel for Anni's family right now. If I am frustrated at the outcome, imagine how they are feeling. I hope his hell is right here on earth, every second of his day. I hope he lives in blackness, hopelessness, helplessness, sickness and uselessness. May he never have a peaceful second in his day ever again. May his every moment be filled with impending doom, grey gloom and a feeling of fear that everthing and everyone is against him. May his days of sleep be over and may his mind slowly torment him to the point where he wishes for death. I wish this for this Dewani monster.

  • olerilwe.mosiane - 2012-03-30 12:15

    you're lucky boy you were goin to meet you match in c-max prison.south africa must try by al means to bring this guy here.its innocent til proven guilty.you sh**t in you clean up.so don't worry there is no death sentence here

  • Grant - 2012-03-30 12:17

    he's going to have to pretend he's mentally ill for the rest of his life..

  • rowan.maulson - 2012-03-30 12:18

    BALLS!... Mental health be damned.. if he's guilty he must suffer. If he's not guilty then what does he have to fear...

  • lytteot7 - 2012-03-30 12:21

    Here on news24 we were convinced is only in south africa were people get away with murder. Somehow I feel we are undermined. Will the ruling be the same if this guys was going to be extradited to european country or US?

  • Lisle - 2012-03-30 12:22

    strange how his health on deteriorated once SA wanted to arrest him for his alleged involvement. He's as good as our MP's and political leaders, who when sentenced to serve jail time, they're suddenly to ill to do so and have to be hospitalised. That must be a special club they belong to

  • zane.blignaut - 2012-03-30 12:27

    what.. on mental health grounds??? so please explain to me which murderer ever was of sound mental health??? and his mental health as its now seen, seemed fine while on holiday in SA... everyone forgets about the Victim.. he took her life... she didnt get a trial at all let alone a fair one.. Just shows 1st world countries are even more corrupt than African countries. the only difference is they cover it up better... this is a major injustice... I so hope the prisoners in the UK rough him up even worse than in SA...

  • Ernst - 2012-03-30 12:28

    WTF.....its funny that as soon as Dewani was asked to face the music, he suddely, conveniently, became mentally ill.

  • alu.ntsandeni - 2012-03-30 12:31

    You can run but you can't hide.

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-03-30 12:40

    I must admit I have not devoured every bit of info regarding this case but one thing that baffles me is why did he have her killed. I believe they just got married, i believe his family is rich, she was a beautiful girl...just doesn't make sense. Can anyone enlighten me?