Dewani could serve sentence in UK

2012-03-30 09:16

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.

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.

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