Dewani extradition application nears

2011-01-17 14:56

The justice department team who will apply for the extradition of Briton Shrien Dewani is in place for Thursday’s application to have him put on trial in South Africa for the murder of his wife Anni, justice spokesperson Tlali Tlali said today.

“A team has been dispatched already,” said Tlali, not revealing further details on the possibility of further interviews in the UK as the investigation into the bride’s murder last year continued.

Meanwhile, news gossip continued with the Daily Mail’s website carrying photographs of the glamorous couple and an account of their body language while on their honeymoon safari near the Kruger National Park last November.

Holidaymaker Chloe Spelling told the British publication they were not “tactile” or flirtatious, like the other honeymooners there.

“There were other honeymooners there from Brazil and Portugal and they were always kissing and touching. With Anni and Shrien, it was like they had been married for years,” Spelling was quoted saying.

He also told her that photographing the lions was “pointless”, according to Spelling’s eavesdropping.

The report continued that, according to the BBC, a friend said he was considering returning to South Africa if certain guarantees, including that he be out on bail until the appeal stages of the case, be made.

“It is for Shrien’s legal team and the South African authorities to discuss this and agree a mutually agreed programme,” Hasmukh Velji Shah was quoted as saying.

The South African government made two requests to the UK authorities – one for the extradition of Dewani and the second for mutual legal assistance.

A shuttle bus driver Zola Tongo was sentenced to 18 years in prison in December in a plea agreement that implicated Dewani and two other people in Anni’s murder.

She was killed after an apparent spur of the moment decision to visit a restaurant in Gugulethu, outside Cape Town.

Shrien has said they were hijacked and he was forced out of the vehicle.

Anni’s body was found later in Khayelitsha.

Tongo’s plea agreement stated that Shrien hired him to arrange the death of a “client” he was having problems with.

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