UK court to rule on Dewani extradition

2012-03-28 07:25

London - Britain's high court will on Friday announce its decision on British businessman Shrien Dewani's appeal to avoid extradition to South Africa over the murder of his bride, it said on Tuesday.

The court confirmed a decision was due at 10:15 local time (11:15 SA time) 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.

Dewani lodged an appeal to the high court after Theresa May, the country's interior minister, signed an order for his extradition following a judge's ruling in August that he should be sent to stand trial.

At December's hearing, Dewani's lawyers argued that their client's health and life would be at risk if he were to be extradited and that he was a serious suicide risk.

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.

  • bluzulu - 2012-03-28 07:31

    Send this Recidivist back to RSA,

  • John - 2012-03-28 07:46

    You live by the sword you die by the sword.....Mr Dewani if you have nothing to hide then please come and defend your name everyone is innocent until proven guilty.....

      Thandekile Pokolo - 2012-03-28 07:54

      he is worm welcome in SA to face your sin you sheet plz bring him here azolalwa ejele one time

  • J-Man - 2012-03-28 07:53

    If he is found guilty - will he spend his jail-time in SA?

  • Kevin Nicklin - 2012-03-28 08:01

    Lawyers say he is a suicide risk. Seriously! Defending a man that arranged the murder of his wife.

  • Marion - 2012-03-28 08:03

    Hopefully your time for appeals is up now Shrien Dewani. Anni's parents deserve to know the whole truth about what happened to her. Whether you're innocent or guilty, I am sure they regret the day she ever laid eyes on you.

  • John - 2012-03-28 11:20

    It seems that UK's courts work slower than in SA!

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