No extradition request for Dewani

2010-12-07 16:16

Cape Town - No extradition request for Shrien Dewani has been sent to the department of justice by the police, the justice department said on Tuesday.
This comes following the revelation in court that Dewani was allegedly at the head of a plot to kill his wife and make it look like a hijacking in Cape Town.

But justice department spokesperson Tlali Tlali told News24 by e-mail that no extradition request had been made by "any law enforcement agency in order to initiate an extradition request".
The National Prosecuting Authority said they would consider Dewani's possible extradition.

"That process, by its very nature, is investigative. We won't be commenting on that process because we don't want to jeopardise that process," spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila said.

The "possibility exists" that Dewani, who allegedly plotted to have his wife, Anni, murdered in the Cape Town township of Gugulethu, would be extradited.

Previously not a suspect

"There is an inter-departmental process that involves the departments of justice and international relations and co-operation and the NPA," he said.

"I will not comment further."

National Police Commissioner General Bheki Cele said shortly after the November 13 murder that Dewani had gone home to the UK "with the full understanding that everyone will be available for further investigations and everyone will co-operate".

Dewani left South Africa three days after his wife's body was found in a taxi on Sunday morning, November 14.

Asked why Dewani, as a key witness, had been allowed to leave South Africa so soon after the killing, Cele said at the time: "He's not a suspect so we can't hold him against his will if he wants to go."

The taxi driver appeared in the Western Cape Cape High Court on Tuesday after making a plea bargain with the State.

He claimed Shrien Dewani plotted to have his wife murdered and was willing to pay R15 000 for the hit.

  • Michelle - 2010-12-07 16:34

    If he is innocent why would an extradition order be required. All his actions indicate that he is guilty of something...

      Dave - 2010-12-07 18:20

      Michelle, he IS innocent - even in this violent crazy country. "Innocent until proved guilty". NOT - "guilty until proved innocent". Take Mr Zuma as an example.............. There are gaping holes in Tongo's statement. Watch this space!

      Peter - 2010-12-07 18:35

      @Dave, what gaping holes in his statement? How about the gaping holes in the husband's story? Watch this space..

  • emmamimie - 2010-12-07 16:37

    I really think that, if there is enogh evidence to find this man guilty, he should be left to the Indian Community in India where the wedding ceremony took place. I am sure he will be dealt with in an appropriate manner.

      hemant230778 - 2010-12-07 17:06

      He is a British National, whatever happens now is in the hands of the British Govt as he is now protected by their laws. I believe that he should face judgement and justice in SA, but he may well be tried in a UK court. The NPA will have to put a strong case forward to win an extradition order.

      sve - 2010-12-07 18:27

      I believe he should be tried in South Africa where the crime took place,it only makes sense.

      Kyle - 2010-12-08 08:23

      If he is tried in South African court, he will be out in a few months. Let the UK deal with him, they don't mess around. He will be dealt with appropriately.

  • Banki-Moon - 2010-12-07 16:43

    Money'Money'Money;Money' Roots of all evils. I'd rather be poor than to invest on someones death.

      milkbox - 2010-12-07 17:04

      Agreed, money and greed, at the root of all evil.

      me - 2010-12-07 17:49

      Money is NOT the roof of all evil. Money can do good too...It's the LOVE FOR MONEY that is the evil!!

  • Kristi10 - 2010-12-07 16:52

    Surely if he is implicated in the murder the authorities should make all the arrangements to force him to come back and stand trail... I am confused to why that is not happening.

      Lestor - 2010-12-07 17:07

      they need to be 100% sure it was him before they try. Because if they are wrong it looks very very bad for them. They are likely still confirming the taxi drivers story

      Kristi10 - 2010-12-07 17:28

      What about the sms would that be proof enough? What more would they need and if he is innocent like he claims why not come back and state his case? I do understand that they need to be 100% sure but surely they would not just accept a plea bargain if they were not sure of the facts.

      squeegeepilot - 2010-12-07 18:57

      Kristi, it only came out in court TODAY. This is not CSI where the whole process of the law only takes 40 minutes + Ad breaks! It will take months to go through the whole process. Then it may take years before a court case takes place and then maybe there will be a conviction - that is if the police don't mess the whole case up, or the procecuting authorities, or the ....

  • Brenton - 2010-12-07 16:55

    Surely if they have accepted that the Taxi Driver is telling the truth the extradition request should have been submitted already? This is going to be another bungle, just like the Glen Aglioti saga.

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      Krush - 2010-12-07 17:16

      Makes us look bad? South Africans murdered the woman. They didn't HAVE to do it. Crime here is rampant. It's devastating and you're worried about looking bad? It's way too late for that. We have the highest murder rate in the world.

      Sandyham - 2010-12-07 17:48

      @Bernard correction, the taxi driver is Congolese.

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  • Bonolo - 2010-12-07 16:55

    If these allegations are true, this guy must really come and pay for his silly and stupid plan. People just can't come into our country and tarnish it as such. We have enough issues to deal with as it is. Or do they think that we don't have capable investigators to the tune of Monk, Inpector Moss, Hercule Poirot and Columbo? Think again buddy!

  • Christine - 2010-12-07 17:03

    Has anyone heard about his first wife? Anyone else heard a story about this guy's first wife also dying in peculiar circumstances-or is it hogwash?!?

      bsrecycling - 2010-12-07 17:52

      Please share the info, what happened to the 1st wife?

      carinx - 2010-12-07 17:59

      no never heard, but did hear about fred's ex though..

  • bsrecycling - 2010-12-07 17:47

    still can not understand why kill the woman when in fact the marriage is not even legally registered. The question is, what does Dewani stand to gain. was he forced into the marriage, was the woman going to a stumbling block in his business? Also, why did the taxi driver wait this long to give this info. Is he not trying to save himself with this story of his that seems far fetched about being given £1300 for the hit? How would have Dewani trusted someone he knows for one day to kill for him, unless he is a mentally unstable person.

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  • webcoffee - 2010-12-07 18:16

    He has damaged the reputation of South Africa and owes all South Africans an apology if found guilty. Ultimately SA looses. He should serve out his time in an SA jail for his actions. I am sure the prisoners will love a pretty boy like him.

      Wow! - 2010-12-07 19:09

      South africa has damaged its own reputation. SA looses anyaway until such time as this government and this Police force get serious about crime.

  • Marjie - 2010-12-07 18:30

    !I am originally from a country that ranks close to SA in murder rates.We once had many kidnappings. The police found was that there were three kinds of kidnapping. 1.Genuine ones by maybe gangs for ransom. 2. Young people who did not come home for a few days and needed an excuse. 3. Friends or relatives of the victim that hoped to hide a murder so they could financially gain from the victim's family. Dewani falls in the third category. Another thing of which most people are unaware is that in many countries wills written before a marriage are null and void. If you write one before a marriage one has to state that one is contemplating getting married.If not the spouse is the one that gets the most. Now here the marriage not being registered might complicate matters. Mr Hindocha stated that his group/clan do not give dowries.But he also said it was his decision to give something if he so wished. Maybe that was why Anni was crying . The something wasn't substantial. Also I have had friends that escaped out of a moving car..the trunk/boot to be exact. They were injured (but alive) If Dewani fell on sand it would have been like being rubbed hard by sandpaper. Cheers to the SA police!!

  • KaiinSA - 2010-12-07 18:39

    Well by the time they have an extradition order he'll be in India so he may never face justice.

  • christine.nuttall - 2010-12-08 13:33

    Can't believe this! I lived in SA for 28 years and trust me if the people there can lie about something to get there jail sentence lowered or to get away with it they will do.This is appalling.carjackings and murders are a daily occurrence over there and it is not a safe country anymore.The guy is innocent!!!

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