SHRIEN DEWANI TO BE EXTRADITED TO SA
By: Nushera Raisa Soodyal
Chief Magistrate at the Westminster Magistrates Court Howard Riddle ruled that Honeymoon murder suspect Shrien Dewani should be extradited to South Africa to stand trial.
After his extradition has been halted for almost two years, the British businessman Shrien Dewani accused of orchestrating the murder of his late wife, Anni Dewani (28), will be extradited to face trial in Cape Town according to the British Press Association.
Dewani allegedly arranged the murder of his 28-year-old wife in November 2010, while on honeymoon, where three hitmen were allegedly hired to disguise a hijacking/murder that took place near Gugulethu Township in Cape Town. Anni Dewani was found dead in the back of an abandoned car with a bullet wound to her neck the morning after the couple was kidnapped.
Dewani, who has been suffering from severe depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, has been treated in a mental health unit in his home city of Bristol.
Although the suspect’s defense team is determined to argue against the ruling, the South African government argued that Dewani has recovered enough to be extradited, if he is not , he will spend time in a Cape Town psychiatric hospital before his trial.
The suspect’s family said that they will appeal against Wednesday’s decision.
“The journey to South Africa will be a difficult for Dewani but he will manage it,” said Judge Howard Riddle in his ruling.
Anni Dewani’s family on the other hand was positive about the magistrate’s ruling.
“We will fight this battle to the end and this battle has just begun,” said Anni’s sister, Ami Denborg.
Nushera Raisa Soodya