Report: Dewani extradition to resume

2012-07-02 07:36

Cape Town - Extradition proceedings against Shrien Dewani are expected to resume later this month in the United Kingdom, it was reported on Monday.

Western Cape director of public prosecutions Rodney De Kock told the Cape Times that the parties involved were trying to fix a date for Dewani's hearing at the end of the month.

Dewani 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.

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

At the time, the court said 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.

The possible extradition hearing would coincide with the start of trial for co-accused Xolile Mngeni and Mziwamadoda Qwabe, on July 30.

Mngeni and Qwabe face charges of kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances, murder, and two counts relating to the illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition. They remain in custody.

In earlier proceedings, the remaining accused, Zola Tonga, was jailed for 18 years for his part in the murder, in terms of a plea bargain.

  • Lyndatjie - 2012-07-02 07:56

    Just extradite him already!

      eugene.meyer1980 - 2012-07-02 12:04

      I heard the prisonors where getting aggresive now. They cant stand getting teased like this anymore. Just extradite the guy now.

  • peter.fraser.92754 - 2012-07-02 08:04

    The state witnesses were tortured/according to the CA papers a while ago. Pleabargains were then entered into. Does Diwani really stand a chance of a fair hearing in SA ? Just asking.

      marion.friedenthal - 2012-07-02 08:25

      @peter. Surely you meant the accused were allegedly tortured - not state witnesses? Accusations of torture by accused are not that commonDoes Anni's family stand a chance of ever having justice for their daughter while he languishes in a luxury mental facility in the UK? Just asking.

      marni.emmenis - 2012-07-02 10:51

      Where was his wife's "fair hearing"?! She didn't stand a chance, so why on earth should he?

  • Preshen - 2012-07-02 08:24

    Papa wag vir hom

  • sizwe.bwana - 2012-07-02 08:34

    Jails are full, cost the taxpayer a fortune. Why do we need to sustain these criminals? Send the whole lot off th Robben Island and let them sustain themselves.

      mlungisi.botha - 2012-07-02 08:54

      You mean the Robben Island to where Mandela, Sisulu and others were sent? What did you smoke this morning, man?

      jeanlouis.indekeu - 2012-07-02 14:28

      you're mad ? they will eat all the pinguins - and then ? aaaaqah but wait that's a great idea - they will eat each other ! good ridance !!!!

  • Jo - 2012-07-02 08:43

    So Big. So Angry. So Dead.

  • Gerald - 2012-07-02 09:08

    You must be mentally ill if you murder your bride BUT you cant be tried if you are mentally ill! Catch 22

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