Honeymoon Death Suspect To Be Extradited to South Africa in April

Image: Honeymoon Death Suspect To Be Extradited to South Africa in April A woman lights candles, next to a photo of Anni Dewani, at a vigil in Cape Town, South Africa,

Tuesday, 25 Mar 2014 12:35 PM

By Michael Mullins

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Shrien Dewani, suspected of killing his 28-year-old Swedish wife Anni Dewani while on their Honeymoon just two weeks after the pair got married, will be extradited for trial in early April from Great Britain to South Africa.

The 33-year-old from Bristol, England, had been fighting his extradition since returning from his South African honeymoon in November 2010. Local authorities accused him of hiring a group of hit men to shoot his wife to death while she was taking a cab ride in what was intended to appear as a carjacking.

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"When he lands in South Africa, the National Prosecution Authority and the South African Police are going to call him to appear in court, which is the Western Cape High Court," ministry spokesman Mthunzi Mhaga told the Agence France-Presse on Monday.

Dewani, who has denied the allegations, has claimed mental health problems, specifically depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, as reasons why he should not be deported to South Africa to stand trial.

In January, Britain's High Court approved Dewani's temporary removal as long as South African authorities guaranteed how long he would be kept there without trial, the Associated Press reported. Dewani will arrive in Cape Town on April 8 and must leave by April 14 as per the agreement between the South African and British governments, the BBC reported.

Three other men have been convicted in the murder plot of Anni Dewani, including the cab driver, Zola Tongo, who was sentenced to 18 years after he admitted his part in the killing. The other two local men, Xolile Mngeni and Mziwamadoda Qwabe, were reportedly hired by Tongo to carry out the killing. Mngeni was convicted of premeditated murder for shooting her and given a life sentence. Qwabe received a 25-year sentence for his role in the murder.

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