UK honeymoon murder suspect 'can be extradited to S. Africa'
A businessman accused of orchestrating the murder of his bride during their honeymoon in Cape Town should be extradited to South Africa to face trial, a British judge ruled on Wednesday.world Updated: Jul 24, 2013 15:34 IST
A British businessman accused of orchestrating the murder of his bride during their honeymoon in Cape Town should be extradited to South Africa to face trial, a judge ruled on Wednesday.
Lawyers for Shrien Dewani, who has suffered from depression and post-traumatic stress disorder since the 2010 killing of his Swedish wife Anni, had argued that his mental health is too fragile.
But in a hearing at a London court, which was packed with Anni's relatives, judge Howard Riddle ruled that Dewani was well enough to be extradited.
"It is not in question that Shrien Dewani will be returned to South Africa," Riddle said.
"The treating clinicians continue to state that Mr Dewani will recover.
"It may be a long time before Mr Dewani is fit to plead, but he may be closer to that point."
He added that Dewani, who is being treated at a psychiatric hospital, could receive further treatment in South Africa and be found fit for trial later.
Dewani's wife, who like him was of Indian origin, was shot dead in a township outside Cape Town in November 2010 when the couple's car was apparently hijacked.
Dewani denies any involvement in the killing.
A South African man, Xolile Mngeni, was jailed for life for the murder last December. Two other local men jailed over the killing allege that Dewani ordered the hit.