Dewani extradition decision in 2012

2011-12-16 16:01

London - British businessman Shrien Dewani must wait until 2012 to learn the outcome of his court battle against extradition to South Africa over the murder of his bride, officials said on Friday.

Dewani, 31, denies accusations by the South African authorities that he arranged the contract killing of wife Anni, 28, while the couple were on their honeymoon in Cape Town in November 2010.

He is appealing a decision by Britain's interior minister Theresa May, who signed an order for his extradition after a judge ruled in August that Dewani should be sent to stand trial.

The High Court heard this week that Dewani was being treated in a mental hospital for severe depression and stress and was too ill to stand trial.

On Friday, two senior judges hearing the case were due to consider further statements from medical witnesses, but the hearing was called off.

Suicide risk

A spokesperson for the Judicial Office said all sides had now agreed there was no need for further cross-examination and the judges would reserve their decision to the new year.

"The court will now consider the papers and arguments. Judgment will be delivered in the course of the next legal term, which begins on January 11 2012," the spokesperson said.

Earlier this week, Clare Montgomery, a lawyer appearing for Dewani, told the court he had always wished for a fair trial but there was a high risk of him committing suicide and this would increase if he were extradited.

In November 2010, Dewani and his bride were being driven through a dangerous part of Cape Town when their taxi was hijacked. Dewani was thrown out of the vehicle while his wife was driven off and later shot dead.

Driver Zola Tongo was jailed for 18 years after turning state witness and pleading guilty to his part in the killing. He claimed Dewani had ordered the shooting and paid him.

  • Comrade - 2011-12-16 16:04

    DELAY - DELAY - DELAY just delaying the inevitable. Your screwed!

      Squeegee - 2011-12-16 16:41

      Only on TV is Justice swift (40 minutes + Adds) - all over the world. In real life it takes years. Do it right, do it well. Put him away forever.

  • Ibhubesi - 2011-12-16 16:22

    Just leave him to commit suicide. Why all of this sympathy? I'm not going to cry, are any of you and the murdered wife's family going to cry?

  • Bob - 2011-12-16 16:48

    Dewani has to be one of the most pathetic driveling sniveling spineless squealing little jackass of a murder of all time. He is trying to duck what he obviously did. Having your wife murdered in such a horrific way like a dog, in a foreign country…what a gruesome uncalled for way to die. I hope a London No 10 bus runs over this pathetic little piece of human excrement..then we can all forget about him once and for all!

      Squeegee - 2011-12-16 16:56

      Bob, most would agree, but if not all that lets just have a fair trail and leave it to Pappa at Polsmore.

      Funke - 2011-12-16 17:44

      He's not on the No. 10 route....

  • Ian - 2011-12-17 11:10

    probally got sheikalitis

  • Anthony - 2011-12-17 11:47

    I don't hold to much faith in the justice system in the UK- just look at recent cases the scum tht killed Baby P is walking the streets just jailed for less than 2 years - the fact the South African police have enough evidence tying Dewani to the murder but all that is been considered is his human rights and not the human rights of his beautiful bride who had her life taken from her - believe this useless courts will see in favour of Dewani otherwise he would of been extradited by now there is no justice most of the time in these kind of cases his wife deserves it and so does her family.

  • svbronte - 2012-02-10 14:49

    Send the creep back here and we will show him how justice is served

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