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DA welcomes Dewani extradition ruling

2013-07-24 22:13

Johannesburg - The DA on Wednesday welcomed the decision by the Westminster Magistrate's Court to extradite Shrien Dewani to South Africa, to face trial for the murder of his wife Anni.

DA MP Diane Kohler-Barnard said justice in Dewani's case was long overdue.

The party had feared that comments made by former national police commissioner Bheki Cele would prevent Dewani's extradition.

Cele called Dewani "a monkey" in 2010, but later retracted his statement.

The British Press Association reported earlier that Chief Magistrate Howard Riddle made the ruling on the extradition in the Westminster Magistrate's Court in London.

His finding came despite arguments by Dewani's defence team that he could suffer setbacks in his mental health, if he was sent back to South Africa now.

Dewani has undergone treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression since his wife's death.

The defence wanted the decision delayed by six months. The 33-year-old British businessman had earlier been diagnosed with depression and PTSD.

Appeal

Dewani's lawyers intended appealing the decision.

"Lawyers acting for Shrien Dewani will review today's [Wednesday] judgment and lodge an appeal, during which time Shrien will remain in the UK," Dewani's family said in a statement after the ruling.

"Shrien Dewani remains unfit to be extradited or to face trial. Shrien remains committed to returning to South Africa when his health would permit a full trial and when appropriate protections are in place for his health and safety.

"The legal process is ongoing and it would be inappropriate to comment further," the statement reportedly read.

The courtroom was packed with Anni Dewani's relatives, who wore photographs of her pinned to their clothes, decorated with pink ribbons.

Riddle said: "It is not in question that Shrien Dewani will be returned to South Africa. The treating clinicians continue to state that Mr Dewani will recover.

"There has been recovery, but it has been slow. It may be a long time before Mr Dewani is fit to plead, but he may be closer to that point. It is not impossible that if returned now, then after a reasonable period of further treatment and assessment he will be found fit to plead and a trial can take place."

Anni’s death

He is suspected of ordering the killing of his new wife Anni, 28, who was shot as the couple travelled in a taxi on the outskirts of Cape Town in November 2010.

So far three men had been convicted for Anni's death.

Last year, South African Xolile Mngeni was convicted of premeditated murder for shooting her, and sentenced to life imprisonment.

Prosecutors claimed he was a hitman Dewani hired to kill his wife, something Dewani has consistently denied.

Taxi driver Zola Tongo was jailed for 18 years after he admitted his part in the killing.

Another accomplice, Mziwamadoda Qwabe, also pleaded guilty to murder and was handed a 25-year prison sentence.

Riddle ruled in 2011 that Dewani should be extradited, but this was successfully appealed against and he was ordered to look again at the case.

Comments
  • Jerry Medina - 2013-07-24 22:26

    Here we go again, is news24 is official DA propaganda machine? Who cares about what the DA think anyway?

      Jerry Medina - 2013-07-24 23:15

      Well me and more than 70% of voting public don't. DA is just a white party minority party punching above their weight.

      Abanya Way - 2013-07-25 06:16

      Jerry, why do you think that N24 is the official DA propaganda machine? It broadcasts every burp and fart that Malema utters and it covers all the ANC utterances (they can't help it that the only time the ANC opens their mouth is to change feet). How then can they be a DA voice?

      Simphiwe Charlie - 2013-07-25 06:27

      My thoughts exactly! This is not news. News24 flying the DA flag at every opportunity, their allegiance is obvious. so much for an un biased media.

      ARTFUL DODGER. - 2013-07-25 06:42

      you faceless oxygen thief, just drop dead, we don't need your aggressive, controversial comments on this page.

      Stanley Tshungwane - 2013-07-25 06:59

      Jamba you must go vote in Zim

      Xolani Edwin Kunene - 2013-07-25 07:00

      @ Janine, You should really read more before posting uninformed comments, the same ANC government has been fighting to extradite Dewani and now that they've been successful, the DA wants to hog headlines ??? Please give us a break... DA has proven on numerous occasions that they are just an opportunistic bunch of "converted" apartheid supporters who claim to have the interest of all South Africans at heart meanwhile they only care about the minority.

      Simphiwe Charlie - 2013-07-25 07:04

      @doger, this forum is meant for views to be shared, not to spew verbal abuse, if you don't have the brain to form an opinion rather shut up.

      Arthur Salvado - 2013-07-25 07:35

      Yo yo yo Eish Jerry , you must go back to school. Your comment/s are not related to this bulletin. Go to the racist column and then express your hatred for anything that's not black. Now go away

      Arthur Salvado - 2013-07-25 07:38

      Jerry,think about this. Maybe the ANC did not comment because it might just upset some friends in very high places. If you can think and see beyond your beautiful color, you might just get what I'm saying. Oh well,u suppose not. Stay ignorant and beautifully black. Im starting to like you.....almost

      Jerry Medina - 2013-07-25 10:37

      Why so much hatred towards anti DA comments? I don't give a toss about racists masquerading as a political party. Keep your DA and your bigoted view about the world and I will keep my Africa.

  • Makaveli Shakur - 2013-07-24 23:03

    DA is starting to act as if it's the ruling party and which is something that will never happen in SA when all the while it's an opposition party like Agang & the rest.Someone should really put DA in it's place,because they have a big mouth & talk too much as if they're governing SA.

      Abanya Way - 2013-07-25 06:20

      TROLL ALERT - Makaveli is a contrived facebook profile and gets his pathetic kicks out of stirring the pot.

      Simphiwe Charlie - 2013-07-25 06:29

      Ah, but he stirs it well!

      ARTFUL DODGER. - 2013-07-25 06:44

      soon will be!!!!

      Abanya Way - 2013-07-25 10:09

      Indeed Simphiwe, methinks he stirs too well. Sadly all the trolling that goes on deprives the forum of meaningful debate, a virtue that is sadly lacking in the run up to a critical election.

      fourhundredkg.bobbejaan - 2013-07-25 11:56

      Ah, Makaveli. But the DA is the ruling party in the Western Cape and soon will be in Gauteng and several other provinces. It is time to learn some respect and start behaving like a human.

  • Makaveli Shakur - 2013-07-24 23:04

    DA is starting to act as if it's the ruling party and which is something that will never happen in SA when all the while it's an opposition party like Agang & the rest.Someone should really put DA in it's place,because they have a big mouth & talk too much as if they're governing SA.

  • Makaveli Shakur - 2013-07-24 23:04

    DA is starting to act as if it's the ruling party and which is something that will never happen in SA when all the while it's an opposition party like Agang & the rest.Someone should really put DA in it's place,because they have a big mouth & talk too much as if they're governing SA.

  • Makaveli Shakur - 2013-07-24 23:05

    DA is starting to act as if it's the ruling party and which is something that will never happen in SA when all the while it's an opposition party like Agang & the rest.Someone should really put DA in it's place,because they have a big mouth & talk too much as if they're governing SA.

      Moss Kop - 2013-07-24 23:38

      No one have stop anybody to comment, like u now. However the Government have gave a statement.

      Miki Beukes - 2013-07-25 03:08

      And yet the ANC has gotten u nowhere!

      Lwandile Mabusela - 2013-07-25 06:41

      And how is DA dofferent from you in terms of having big amouth?

      Francios Le Roux - 2013-07-25 09:19

      Idiot!

  • Antonio Bandarass - 2013-07-24 23:22

    yes ,he must come back to SA. hope the case doesn't last for years just like Maqubela 's.

  • Moss Kop - 2013-07-24 23:31

    All South African welcome the ruling. We have South African criminals that are in jail for this crime. Let him come the barstard.

  • Yub Yub - 2013-07-24 23:51

    Makaveli its sounds like you have a big mouth. Are you worried that the DA is better than the cANCer. And for your information the DA will make South Africa a better country for blank and whites. It's time to stand together. Wake up and open your eyes

      Angela Gilmour - 2013-07-25 00:06

      What a bunch of idiots we have commenting on News24! Please learn the difference between Politics & Judiciary Process, the latter does not include any Political Party.

      Abongile Blangwe Qwabaza - 2013-07-25 05:34

      Thank you Angelo,I could Not have said it better,not everything is about politics guys,,

      Stanley Tshungwane - 2013-07-25 07:02

      you are blank self,Lol

  • WildCatSal - 2013-07-25 01:40

    He (Dewani) could suffer setbacks in his mental health...??? Whaaat setbacks did Anni have you low life scumbag? Murderered by your 'hand'! YOU ARE a lying, conniving piece of snake poop and should be sentenced to the max so YOU can 'feel' what a REAL mental setback is. You know perfectly well What YOU did! Mooor Vaaark.

      Tersia Louw - 2013-07-25 11:34

      I'm willing to bet that in the next 2 weeks that Dewani has to appeal, he scratches his wrist a few times and his lawyers will say he's a suicide risk. Any takers?

  • Sarel W Brits - 2013-07-25 04:54

    He will be having repeated setbacks when he meets Mr Ben-Dover there in the Big house and I hope he likes pap as Curry would just aggravate the ring-sting.

  • Jacob Digwamaje - 2013-07-25 05:21

    Good point. My take is that the trial itself will not be as long as the extradition process. The main issue is when will he be deemed fit to stand trial? That is where the real delay is/will be.

  • Jenilee van der Bergh - 2013-07-25 06:49

    I wonder what would happen if the DA was not there? would you be brave enough to point out all the ANC faults? the DA keeps the ANC in check!! Its all about checks and balances!!! So what if the DA is not the ruling party atleast they looking out for the "interests of the people" which includes you my friend!!!

  • Edward Radingoana - 2013-07-25 08:24

    While everyone wish the man come back to stand trial, one could ask himself a question o whether he will really get a fair trial. He was already tried by eTV on 3rd Degree and that could be the State 's loophole. Remember in order for him to understand the entire SA Legal Procedure, he had to pick one Attorney from us and this one will be the one to fry us with our own frying pan. He/she would be getting thousands of Rands and therefore we are in hell. Until eTV 's 3rd Degree is advised to stop interfering in outstanding cases, we should just expect unfair trials

  • Piet Klaassens - 2013-07-25 09:10

    Jerry Jerry Jerry...you are one of the 70% idiots

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