Honeymoon murder accused Shrien Dewani's extradition date set

Sunday 23 March 2014 17.37
Shrien Dewani will be extradited to South Africa on 7 April
Shrien Dewani will be extradited to South Africa on 7 April

Honeymoon murder suspect Shrien Dewani will be extradited to South Africa on 7 April, the country's government has said.

The millionaire businessman is expected to arrive in Cape Town the following day, and will then appear in court to face allegations he ordered the killing of his 28-year-old wife Anni in November 2010.

He has engaged in a marathon legal battle to block extradition, but three High Court judges rejected his latest appeal earlier this month.

Mr Dewani, 33, from Bristol, has argued that he should not be forced from the UK to face trial until he has recovered from mental health problems, including depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

His wife was shot as the couple travelled in a taxi on the outskirts of Cape Town whilst on honeymoon.

Mthunzi Mhaga, justice spokesman for the South African government, said: "He (Dewani) is expected to leave London on 7 April and land in South Africa on 8 April 2014.

"Upon arrival the National Prosecuting Authority and South African Police Service will cause him to appear in the Western Cape High Court depending on the time of his arrival.

"He will be kept in a medical facility due to his peculiar condition.

"We are working tirelessly to ensure that his return to our shores brings to finality this protracted legal process. We are confident that he will receive a fair trial in our courts."

After the High Court ruling, Anni's father Vinod Hindocha said outside the Royal Courts of Justice: "We are quite happy with the decision and we hope to get the answers that we have been seeking for the past three and a half years.

"I really don't know what happened to my daughter. We need answers. We hope to get justice."

He added that the lengthy legal process has been "torture" for the family.

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