Dewani’s extradition to SA halted

2012-03-30 09:31

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.

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