Anni's dad cries over Dewani ruling

2011-08-10 14:53

London - Anni Dewani's father cried and hugged family members on Wednesday as a British judge ruled that her husband can be extradited to South Africa to face charges for her murder.

After speaking for about two hours, Judge Howard Riddle told a London court that “only by going to stand trial can [Shrien] Dewani be acquitted & clear his name. That may improve his mental illness”.

Vinod Hindocha was quoted by a reporter as saying that Anni would have been happy with the judge’s decision.

Anni’s sister also told a BBC reporter, John Kay, that she was “so happy” with the ruling.

'Questions to answer'

The Hindochas were also quoted by Kay as saying that Shrien Dewani “has questions to answer” and that “extradition is a step in the right direction”.

Dewani has challenged the extradition proceedings, arguing that he is suffering from severe post-traumatic stress disorder and is too unwell to be sent abroad for trial.

The judge said the decision on whether to extradite 31-year-old Dewani, who has denied conspiring to kill his wife in a fake hijacking in Cape Town last November, would need to be approved by British Home Secretary Theresa May.

"As the issues arising above have been decided adversely to the defendant, I must send this case to the secretary of state for a decision whether the defendant is to be extradited," his judgment said.

According to Reuters, Dewani's lawyers can also appeal against the decision to higher courts, meaning a final decision may be some months away.

The Dewani family was also present in court.

  • O-Kay - 2011-08-10 15:00

    Oh dear, I hope he really does have to come. Annis family need closure. I hope some other judge doesn't fall for his lying and pretending!

      NewsICON - 2011-08-10 16:04

      They can always buy the docket..

      Herdsman - 2011-08-10 16:21

      ...come face the music scumbag ! ...and you know what, our courts aren't that great after all....

      Psalm - 2011-08-11 12:27

      @ Herdsman Court administration and rare, bizarre rulings aside, I beg to differ. Our judges are generally fair, impartial and well-versed in our law and process. Furthermore, in the event of any dubious ruling by a lower court- I have no doubt that our Appeal Court will correct it. The case that comes to mind is the Nicholson judgement, which was wonderfully corrected by Harms and co on appeal - with the appeal bench even rebuking Nicholson. Our constitutional judges are, in fact, world class and that is no exaggeration. It is the prosecution team that we should watch carefully. I am very concerned that, should Dewani be responsible for the murder, he still might walk free due to prosecution bungling. This case could unravel right before our eyes because of this.

  • frangelico - 2011-08-10 15:05

    Mr.Dewani has been stalling for too long,if he is innocent as he says he is he should have come sooner with no pushing from the South African authorities.Whatever the case lets hope that Anni and her family will find the answers they deserve.My Anni's memory be forever remembered.R.I.P - 2011-08-10 16:08

      I wouldnt want to stand trial (innocent or guilty) here in SA, although he could just buy his innocence nowadays with our judges and cops - sad but true

  • Paddy - 2011-08-10 15:07

    Great that the British Courts have decided that Shrien Dewani can be extradited to South Africa. Now just let it happen but I bet you he is going to appeal & appeal! I am really insulted by what Mr Dewani has to say about South Africa. If we were good enough for his honeymoon then we are certainly good enough for his trial. If he was so scared of South Africa why come here for your honeymoon? Let justice prevail & let the Hindochas get some closure.

      Shhhh.... - 2011-08-10 15:16

      spot on, Paddy. Couldn't agree more. H emust come out and face the music.

      Frangipani - 2011-08-10 15:34

      Paddy your comment is the most intelligent on this forum so far, well done to you!

      James - 2011-08-10 15:35

      Time for his bummymoon....

      Gert@swart - 2011-08-10 15:43

      Papa wag vir jou!!

      Atholl - 2011-08-10 15:57

      Nice one Paddy, on a similar note: An 'innocent', loving, caring husband, when they caught the 'alleged' killers of his 'new' wife .. (straight out of the box) ... he would have flown, crawled, swam, rode, carved his way back to Cape Town to confront the killers.

      mike - 2011-08-10 17:58

      Yes! SA was good enough for his his Honeymoon as he felt he had a good chance of getting away with her murder here, and he still may!

      Jeff Toms - 2011-08-10 20:00

      well said mate

      Andre - 2011-09-17 14:59

      I agree paddy, but he did not come here to go on honeymoon. Everything points to him comming here because he thought we were backward enough to enable him to get away with murder. He must now face the music. My thoughts go out to Anni's parents. At last they will be able to get closure.

  • Monde - 2011-08-10 15:09

    Shrien hangs himself...

      SirVic - 2011-08-10 16:29

      very possible his kind is weak enough to do such!

      darkwing - 2011-08-10 20:29

      Dear Sir Vic, pray enlighten us on what kind that is?

  • TGIL - 2011-08-10 15:09

    welcome to the jungle baby, we got fun and games...

      Neles - 2011-08-10 18:16


  • ZumaDooma - 2011-08-10 15:12

    Pappa is getting excited now

      OuWitBooi - 2011-08-10 16:06

      This just the sort of mindless comment that the Brits will take as confirmation of South Africans being a bunch of uncivilised thugs. If I were the British secretary of state I would be very hesitant to release a British citizen into a judicial system that allows "papa" to administer the punishment. I would also take into account that the chief of police has already pronounced Dewani guilty, and that the SA judicial system would not extradite its own citizens to the USA to stand trial there. While I believe that Dewani certianly has questions to answer on this case, I think the Brits would see it differently from the way we see it, and comments like ZumaDooma's only reinforces their opinions.

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-10 16:21

      @ OuWitBooi - wouldn't you call a whole lot of Brits a bunch of uncivilised thugs right now? When you speak to actual Brits, you'd be surprised of their views - don't fall into the PC trap because what the media reports is NOT what people actually feel. (and I'm one too btw).

      just4laughs - 2011-08-10 17:23

      @OuWitBooi. Not sure where you get your info that SA wouldn't extradite to the States. That's just incorrect dude, aside from being completely and utterly irrelevant.

      BrixtonBriefcase - 2011-08-11 02:10

      Matt: Not really related to this article, but after reading the smug self entitled opinions you so often post, I have to wonder...You're a Brit, who lived in Holland for 10 years and is now in South Africa. Correcting everyone who thinks differently than you do and warning your new fellow countrymen against the very road to hell all of your previous hosts were on. I hate to break it to you, but if you haven't found your Valhalla yet, chances are you're the one with the issues. It's called the common denominator...and you seem to be it!

      werner.bezuidenhout - 2011-08-11 09:19

      @OuWitBooi, Maybe the british court are not as strict as SA's. But remember that the Britsh court has nothing to charge him with because he did not commit the crime there. He did it in SA. Now, there was a process that was followed to rquest the British court to extradite him to SA. There is nothing wrong with this process. Unfortunately for him, he committed the crime here, in thinking that he will never be caught. Thus he took SA's Police & correctional services for granted. In essence, the British court can't charge him on his case that is open in SA, they don't have the juridiction to do that. It almost sounds like you are defending him and feeling sorry for him? Well, he put SA in a very bad light and completely underestimated SA.

  • Montlhabaki - 2011-08-10 15:12

    Its worrying to be going to the Secreatry for approval and what if they appeal, when is he just gonna give up and come to SA ?

      Phil - 2011-08-10 15:29

      Am certain Dewani will appeal, am also certain he will lose, and there is no way on God's good earth that the home secretary will not grant extradition in this case, if it is against the guidance of the court. He may be able to delay the innevitable, but he wont avoid it. As someone else coomented earlier, and forgive the mordiness, but i also think he will now attempt suicide. That would be very sad, but he certainly is making himself look increasingly guilty by his actions. I guess ultimately a court must decide on that.

  • wesleys926 - 2011-08-10 15:14


      LadyJustice - 2011-08-10 17:11

      I agree with Frangelico. and it is senseless comments like these which Devani's attorneys download from the internet as evidence to the opposition of the extradition application. think before you write.

      werner.bezuidenhout - 2011-08-11 09:23

      @LadyJustice, for any court or attorney public opinion doesn't play a role. He committed a crime and has to be sentenced accordingly. And it's not evidence.. In die lewe in...

  • Mlu - 2011-08-10 15:15

    I have just logged in and it is very rare that I get such a piece of good news!

  • African - 2011-08-10 15:18

    Here comes another cost burden to SA, he is going to spend his time in hospital than in prison.

      Airborne68 - 2011-08-10 15:34

      Him and shaik can play golf together.

      Faansie - 2011-08-10 15:34

      Crime should be addressed no matter the cost

      Frangipani - 2011-08-10 15:37

      Probably, I hope Anni s ghost haunts him to death whilst he s lying on a hospital bed.

      Enigma - 2011-08-10 15:44

      I hate to disagree with you African, he is not one of the ANC. His co-accused was diagnosed with brain tumour and he spent time in the prison hospital. So he should be treated no different from him. Lets just pray and hope that justice will be served and that Anni's family can get some closure and move on with their lives as well as us proudly South Africans.

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-10 16:22

      @ African - as long as it's JHB Gen...

  • SirVic - 2011-08-10 15:18


  • Ann - 2011-08-10 15:19

    Definitely a step in the right direction. Do not give up hope Mr Hindocha. I am just sad that your beautiful daughter paid the ultimate price. Let's also hope that big mouth Cele doesn't have any wise comments to make now that could make them reverse the decision.

      Realistic - 2011-08-10 15:58

      Well as far as stupid comments are concerned, Lets be grateful that Juju isnt involved in this case. (yet)

      LiciousDee - 2011-08-11 16:03

      Just now Juju might jump out and spoil everything as always

  • Annette Van Pletzen - 2011-08-10 15:19

    Just sort this matter out in our kangaroo courts. No bribes, no questions. We can't afford to carry more passengers and now use SA as a skate board.What a scheme are the family on to.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      frodosfool - 2011-08-10 15:55

      "Skate board" - huh? WTF?

  • whatno - 2011-08-10 15:20

    The coward, hiding behind PTSD. Wherewas it when the poor woman was murdered. He must facethe music.Look how old he looks already, not looking 31 at all

      Annette Van Pletzen - 2011-08-10 15:30

      If you take the medication the shrinks give you it does make a difference on how you look. Do we really need another person to feed and medicate in a private hospital. Our own people are dying and starving.

      frangelico - 2011-08-10 15:58

      whatno,thank goodness an intelligent comment.He is guilty as hell, he deserves whats heading his way.

  • FerretGee - 2011-08-10 15:30

    One thing you are all overlooking is that the Judge ruled that although Dewani can be extradited, the case has been referred to the British Home Secretary to make the final decision. After seeing the way she reacted on Sky News regarding the UK riots over the weekend, I wouldn't hold our collective breaths that she will sign the extradition papers!

  • MadeinSA - 2011-08-10 15:31

    This is all good and well. Wish my two friends that were murdered in the past year (in seperate attacks) got the same attention from our judicial system.

  • samzaG - 2011-08-10 15:31

    bastard we are waiting for you

      HogHo - 2011-08-10 20:32

      And so is Big Bad Bubba behind bars !!

  • Mr Dobbs - 2011-08-10 15:32

    Pappa waaag vir jou!!!

  • Michael Pitt - 2011-08-10 15:33

    easy cyt his balls off see how much ptss he have please it is a tactic bring him back here to polsmoor to get the correct punishment !!!

  • Punisher! - 2011-08-10 15:34

    Unfortunately this is only the first step and first innings won. The higher courts might well overturn the verdict...or the home secretary might decide against the extradition. Shrien is a weak little weasel ajd he should pay dearly for what he has done. I know he hasnt been convicted, but seriously, the little bits of evidence and his response to the whole debacle points to one result only...he is as guilty as hell! snivelling little b@stard!

      pinkalert - 2011-08-10 16:03

      I just read some interesting items relating to Theresa May - she does not like violence, she does not tolerate spousal abuse - there were some interesting points to her - I think she will look at Dewani as cunning and see through him - lets hope anyway

  • nobokjoy - 2011-08-10 15:39

    vaseline,he is going to need it ,lots of it.

  • Wolff - 2011-08-10 15:40

    Great news.

  • soba le boya - 2011-08-10 15:41

    good news so far,but i am worried that Mr Cele might just say something and blow the whole thing out of proportion...

  • Joe33 - 2011-08-10 15:42

    I cannot understand what Shrien is worrying about. With his money and connections he can do a Shabir Schaik stunt to exit from prison if found guilty.

  • Andrea Naude - 2011-08-10 15:47

    This is a very wonderful day for justice. Let him come to SA to clear clear his name if it is the case. Otherwise, the law must take it's course.

  • LadyJJ - 2011-08-10 15:48

    I agree with the judge he will be free of his mental state

  • Rampokker - 2011-08-10 15:53

    Well, he should be glad he's coming to SA for his trail. If found guilty, he'll spend 6 months behind bars and then go the rest of the murderers in SA

  • Linda - 2011-08-10 15:55

    The pain he must be going through. I do hope the family finds closure. I hope also that Dewani does indeed return to SA to state his case.

  • Dan - 2011-08-10 15:56

    The legal circus just keeps going on and on and on. I hope fighting this extradition will ruing the entire Dewani family financially. Stop playing games. The rich also needs to stand trail. Not everyone is a Shabir Shaik.

  • HumanKind - 2011-08-10 15:57

    Soon it's going to be "welcome back to SA, charo". Time to "bend for a friend" in one of our prisons. You deserve everything that will "come your way"

  • Wes - 2011-08-10 15:58

    His Ass when he gets to prison = * His Ass after the 1st night = O

      LiciousDee - 2011-08-11 16:07

      lol Wes, can't stop laughing, you're bad lol

  • kylespobox - 2011-08-10 16:03

    all he needs now is zumas lawer and he can even become president after his holliday to the fairest cape

  • xgratia - 2011-08-10 16:08

    Wow - I was reading Whatno's post and yes he looks 40 something! Bring the sod here for his trial seeing that the crime was committed here in Cape Town. Unfortunately for him, he seriously underestimated this country where we (Community and Police)are dealing with this stuff all the time, however that doesn't give you an excuse or the right to think you can murder your wife in SA and get away with it, just because we as a nation are continuously fighting crime and how this is sensationalized all over the world. Does the rest of the world honestly think that Lions are freely walking around the streets of our cities and it's OK to just commit murder!? We as South Africans need to set an example, not only for our deadliest criminals but also to show the rest of the world that no one is above the law in SA. We'll fix his P.T.S.D. and perhaps give Dewani a second Honeymoon with Pappa!

  • Nicole - 2011-08-10 16:10

    I hope the decision is final to send him to SA. He deserves everything that is coming to him. This guy has been making to many excuses for coming to South Africa. Another reason for him getting sick is because the guilt has caught up with him. If he really proves his innocence than why would there be so much of evidence pointing right back at him. This guy should just come clean once and for all. Anni's family really needs some closure and she needs to Rest In Peace now.

  • gooseneck - 2011-08-10 16:11

    Pappa is going to help Shrien come out of the closet...

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  • Nicole - 2011-08-10 16:18

    Nobody can be as guitly as he is. Imagine a guy comes all the way from overseas to SA just to kill his wife & for what??? He got nothing out of it!!! Idiot!

  • Daemos1 - 2011-08-10 16:26

    I hope someone's warming up a bunk for him at pollsmoor

  • Schatz - 2011-08-10 16:48

    Get him to SA asap!!

  • Virginia - 2011-08-10 17:01

    Lets hope that he will arrive and does not sneak out of the UK in a Burka.

  • thetallman - 2011-08-10 17:13

    He does not trust our courts? He lives in a country controlled by young punks!

  • thetallman - 2011-08-10 17:22

    To those who thinks our courts are not fair: I am an Afrikaner who was charged during 2000 for political activities. My prosecutor and also my judge were black men. They gave me an extremely fair trial which lasted almost two years. I was sentenced to three years suspended for five years, where the judge was entitled to give me 15 years. Let him come; he will get a fair trial - our judges will deal with him in an unbiased and professional manner.

  • sierra mo - 2011-08-10 17:24

    For him its win win if he goes to SA.He will definatelt get raped in maxC,which he will enjoy because rumors are that he swings only 1way, and that's with Tarzan,and he will bein a country that will allow him to go free on a life sentence after 4years.wish why is hevmaking it so hard on himself

  • Juliana - 2011-08-10 17:27

    Goeie nuus, goeie nuus, die aap is uit die mou..........

  • Looter - 2011-08-10 17:44

    A most wanted man just walked out of a court room, now how can one expect a fair and fit trial here in South Africa! come on!

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-08-10 18:17

    Very sad story. I am afraid,with SA justice system -- he might end up living next to Shaik!

  • braamc - 2011-08-10 18:30

    Oh dear, someone's bitch in Polsmoor. Oh dear

  • braamc - 2011-08-10 18:30

    Oh dear, someone's bitch in Polsmoor. Oh dear

  • silverflash - 2011-08-10 18:56

    Pollsmoor's finest is waiting for ur a@SS...Hola 26' . be very afraid.....