UK court halts extradition of man accused over wife's death

UK court halts extradition of man accused over wife's death

The High Court in Britain temporarily halted British businessman Shrien Dewani’s extradition to South Africa on mental health grounds today.

Two judges in London ruled that it would be “unjust and oppressive” to order the removal of Dewani, who is accused of arranging the contract killing of wife Anni in Cape Town in November 2010 during their honeymoon.

But the court said it was plainly in the interests of justice that he should be extradited “as soon as he is fit” to be tried.

Care home owner Dewani, from Bristol, strenuously denies any wrongdoing.

He has been diagnosed with severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and severe depression and his lawyers argue that his health and life will be at risk if he is extradited.

The Dewani family welcomed the ruling, saying: “Shrien can only return to South Africa when he is well enough and when his personal safety can be guaranteed.”

Mrs Dewani, 28, from Sweden, was shot when a taxi the couple were travelling in was hijacked in the Gugulethu township on the outskirts of Cape Town.

She was found dead in the back of the abandoned vehicle with a bullet wound to her neck after taxi driver Zola Tongo drove the newlyweds to the impoverished area.

He and Mr Dewani were ejected by the hijackers before Mrs Dewani was driven away and shot.

Tongo, who has admitted his part in the crime, claimed in a plea agreement with prosecutors that Dewani ordered the carjacking and paid for a hit on his wife.

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