Anni Dewani Murder: Suspect Husband Shrien Dewani To Be Extradited

Thursday, 25 Jul 2013 10:58 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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A judge ruled Thursday that British businessman Shrien Dewani may be extradited to South Africa to be tried for plotting the murder of his wife Anni Dewani, who was fatally shot in 2010 during the couple's honeymoon in Cape Town.

Police allege that Dewani, 33, hired a hit man to murder his new wife Anni under the guise of a botched carjacking, The Guardian reported.

Dewani told police that he and his wife's cab was hijacked as their chauffeur drove them through the outskirts of Cape Town in November 2010. Dewani was reportedly able to escape but Anni was driven off and killed. Her body was found the next morning in the back of the abandoned vehicle.

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His extradition was first ordered two years ago, but has been delayed because Dewani's attorneys claim he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and severe depression and is not fit to stand trial.

But now, the Westminster Magistrates' Court has given the green light for Dewani's extradition.

"For us it is all about Anni, it's all about finding out what happened," Ami Denborg, the victim's sister, told reporters after Thursday's court session. "We will fight this battle to the end and this battle has just begun. We just want to know what happened to Anni and this is just one step. It's been really hard on the family, we are struggling every day."

Dewani's attorneys said they plan to appeal the decision and ask for more time for their client's mental health recovery.

"Shrien Dewani remains unfit to be extradited or to face trial," a family spokesperson told the media. "Shrien remains committed to returning to South Africa when his health would permit a full trial and when appropriate protections are in place for his health and safety."

Three other men have been convicted in the murder plot of Anni Dewani.

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Last year South African Xolile Mngeni was convicted of premeditated murder for shooting her. The taxi driver, Zola Tongo, was sentenced to 18 years after he admitted his part in the killing, and another accomplice, Mziwamadoda Qwabe, also pleaded guilty to murder and was handed a 25-year prison sentence, according to the Daily Mail.

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