No extradition request for Dewani
Cape Town - No extradition request for Shrien Dewani has been sent to the department of justice by the police, the justice department said on Tuesday.
This comes following the revelation in court that Dewani was allegedly at the head of a plot to kill his wife and make it look like a hijacking in Cape Town.
But justice department spokesperson Tlali Tlali told News24 by e-mail that no extradition request had been made by "any law enforcement agency in order to initiate an extradition request".
The National Prosecuting Authority said they would consider Dewani's possible extradition.
"That process, by its very nature, is investigative. We won't be commenting on that process because we don't want to jeopardise that process," spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila said.
The "possibility exists" that Dewani, who allegedly plotted to have his wife, Anni, murdered in the Cape Town township of Gugulethu, would be extradited.
Previously not a suspect
"There is an inter-departmental process that involves the departments of justice and international relations and co-operation and the NPA," he said.
"I will not comment further."
National Police Commissioner General Bheki Cele said shortly after the November 13 murder that Dewani had gone home to the UK "with the full understanding that everyone will be available for further investigations and everyone will co-operate".
Dewani left South Africa three days after his wife's body was found in a taxi on Sunday morning, November 14.
Asked why Dewani, as a key witness, had been allowed to leave South Africa so soon after the killing, Cele said at the time: "He's not a suspect so we can't hold him against his will if he wants to go."
The taxi driver appeared in the Western Cape Cape High Court on Tuesday after making a plea bargain with the State.
He claimed Shrien Dewani plotted to have his wife murdered and was willing to pay R15 000 for the hit.