Dewani extradition inevitable - publicist

2012-04-03 09:03

Johannesburg - Shrien Dewani's publicist believes he will eventually be extradited to South Africa to stand trial for the murder of his wife Anni, according to a report on Tuesday.

"Shrien will be detained until he is well enough to be sent to South Africa," his publicist Max Clifford told The Times newspaper.

On Friday, Britain's High Court temporarily halted Dewani's extradition on mental health grounds, saying it would be "unjust and oppressive".

He would be extradited to South Africa as soon as he was fit. Dewani is being treated in a mental health hospital in his hometown of Bristol, western England.

He has repeatedly denied arranging the contract killing of his 28-year-old wife, who was shot in an apparent car hijacking while on their honeymoon in Cape Town in November 2010.

Their taxi driver Zola Tongo was jailed for 18 years, under a plea bargain, for his part in the crime. Tongo testified that Dewani ordered the hijacking and paid for a hit on his wife.

  • Den - 2012-04-03 09:13

    this publicist clearly hasnt heard of mr shaik shabeer

      Ashley - 2012-04-03 09:36

      He will be mentally sick for the rest of his life, just to side step coming to SA. Gee do they think we are thick? The doctors in UK are being paid handsomely for producing continuous reports that depict him as mentally unstable. For crying out loud.....

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-03 09:42

      He must come and face the music. This sudden case of 'ShaikeySelebi Syndrome' is a load of nonsense.

      Ashley - 2012-04-03 10:59

      Agree Janine, have you seen the facilities in UK for the mentally unstable? Its like a luxury hotel. I also would like to fake mental illness just to take some time out at his facility. I need a holiday....

      Refugee - 2012-04-03 11:50

      i just hope they make orange LEATHER prison suit in Pollsmoor

  • Zee - 2012-04-03 09:19

    spin doctor. We know the trending style. when we see it we will believe it

  • Marion - 2012-04-03 09:26

    Something tells me that Shrien Dewani is going to fall on his sword before he ever gets to SA to stand trial. I think all these allegations about gay s&m sessions are more traumatic for him than his wife's murder as, if the stories are to be believed, he married her to hide the fact that he is gay from his family.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-03 09:44

      The 26's have arranged a special welcome ceremony for him at Paulsmore

      mlungisi.botha - 2012-04-03 09:55

      Thumbs up Marion. I'll just add a bit more - if I'm gay and have experienced the joys of s&m etc but unfortunately for me I'm part of a culture which says I MUST marry the girl arranged by my parents (or else!), then the easiest way out is murder. I won't ever have to marry again because I'll be forever grieving for my "darling wife". Then it'll be s&m for me forever! You see, there are thousands of men (and women) in Dewani's position out there but who don't have the wherewithall (the money, honeymoon etc) or the will to carry out their wishes. Dewani had it all, did it and got nicked!

      infijar.ken - 2012-04-03 11:25

      Charles, I think you'll find he'll end up at Malmesbury. Unlike his co-accused.

      Marion - 2012-04-03 11:27

      @Janine - actually mlungisi merely stated what has been speculated about on many occasions. i.e. that as a widower Dewani would be able to continue with the lifestyle his family didn't approve of. As a divorce he would have been pressured to marry again. There are, sadly, way too many gays who are terrified to come out of the closet. A muslim friend who is gay also lives in terror of being discovered. Mother setting up dates with girls puts extra pressure on him.

      mlungisi.botha - 2012-04-03 12:04

      @Janine. As humans we need to empathise (not necessarily sympathise) with other people in order to understand what motivates and drives them. I'm not gay by any stretch of the imagination but I do allow my mind to wonder how others might be feeling. I wrote "if I'm gay...." to empathise (not sympathise) with Dewani. I think your comments are well intended and if I was of Dewani's orientation I would accept your sympathies gracefully. Where do my sympathies lie? With Anni and I think Dewani must come here and face the music!

  • Toofaan - 2012-04-03 09:31

    The world would be a better place without a profession such as "publicist". All it means is "professional Liar"!!

  • rosiegracebrooks - 2012-04-03 10:13

    Wasn't it a bit "unjust and oppressive" for him to hire a hit on his wife?

      Ian - 2012-04-03 11:21

      "Allegedly". Everybody here has him 100% guilty. I agree he should come to face trial but not be thrown straight in jail. Maybe he should join the ANC then he will just walk away scott free?

      mlungisi.botha - 2012-04-03 12:12

      @Ian. O grow up boy! "Everybody"?; "100%"?; "Join the ANC"? I've come across really intelligent trolls, but you? I REST MY CASE!

      Ian - 2012-04-04 16:08

      Mlungisi, Boy? Grow up? What happened to innocent until proven guilty? Here we have top cops getting away with murder and getting their jobs back, you want him to be guilty so it doesn't look bad for SA tourism. As I said i am not saying he didn't kill his wife but everybody deserves a fair trial.

  • Herman - 2012-04-03 10:15

    He is goinge to be loved in jail!

  • radlegend - 2012-04-03 10:29

    Let's just hope that when he eventually stands trial, he will receive a fair one...

  • Carolyn - 2012-04-03 10:34

    What is it with all these criminals who are all fit and healthy one minute but the minute they are caught they are all sick dead lame and lazy!!

      komorison - 2012-04-03 12:06

      Funny how that is. Quite the fit and agile SA tourist one minute then so very sick the next.

  • Azande - 2012-04-03 10:47

    Please put 5kg of tic in his luggage and send him to Thailand for holidays.

      komorison - 2012-04-03 12:05


      Thandekile Pokolo - 2012-04-03 12:49

      i agree with azande

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      Thandekile Pokolo - 2012-04-03 12:45

      i think its fine their must sent him in SA nomatter is ill mentally we want him here he must come to die here

  • Den - 2012-04-03 11:58

    we cant let this guy into our prisons, he will rape and hurt them:))

  • komorison - 2012-04-03 12:03

    "He would be extradited to South Africa as soon as he was fit." Don't lets hold our breath! ;)

  • Pur - 2012-04-03 12:31

    Imagine poor Anni, a beautiful woman, having married this guy only to find out he is gay? Poetic justice would be for her to have arranged a hit on him!

  • catgirl1971 - 2012-04-03 12:41

    This creep will never be "well" enough to come and face the music. Bloody murdering gay-boy!

  • roger.mutangadura - 2012-04-03 12:52

    Why did the South African police let him go to the UK in the first place. They should have detained him here as he was a suspect. Now they are wasting our money trying to extradite him

  • MakaNyawuzenkukhu - 2012-04-04 07:10

    As this case has attracted a huge public interest it remains vital that Dewali stands trial once declared fit for so doing, the latter will minimise excuses of Dewali's impaired ability to cope with questioning[his legal team will not do all for him]. The world [RSA citizens, Anne's family, friends and relatives, Dewali's family and many more including those intersted on crime reduction and human rights issues] cannot resist seeing criminal justice giving direction because Dewali remains innocent unless proven guilty.

  • Gavin - 2012-04-05 16:47

    "unjust and oppressive".. what a joke! Mental note to self: when planning a murder, make sure I remain mentally unfit and ill after the murder to avoid being thrown into jail for my crime.

  • Leon - 2012-04-05 16:48

    Shrien, I suggest you swallow al the forks you can get hold of before they bring you to SA and be jailed.......yu will deserve the treatment bestowed upon you!!!!!!!!!!

  • Gavin - 2012-04-05 16:48

    "unjust and oppressive".. what a joke! Mental note to self: when planning a murder, make sure I remain mentally unfit and ill after the murder to avoid being thrown into jail for my crime.

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