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Breaking NEWS: Honeymoon Murder Suspect To Be Extradited To South Africa by FunmyKemmy(f): 12:17pm On Jul 24, 2013
The man accused of ordering the killing of his wife on their honeymoon will be extradited to South Africa to face trial over his wife's death.

Shrien Dewani, 33, is suspected of ordering the killing of his new wife Anni, 28, who was shot as the couple travelled in a taxi on the outskirts of Cape Town in November 2010.

Lawyers acting for the honeymoon murder suspect intend to appeal against today's ruling that he should be extradited to South Africa to face trial over his wife's death, a spokesman for his family said today.

Today at Westminster Magistrates’ Court he lost his extradition battle as Chief Magistrate Howard Riddle decided Dewani should return to the country.

Chief Magistrate Riddle told Westminster Magistrates' Court that Dewani should return to the country, despite arguments by his defence team that he could suffer setbacks in his mental health if sent back now.

They argued that the decision should be delayed by six months.

The businessman has been receiving treatment for depression and post traumatic stress disorder at mental hospitals near Bristol since his wife’s death.

But prosecutors claim that it would not be 'oppressive' to extradite the businessman to face trial, and that there has been a 'significant and sustained improvement' in his mental health in recent months.

Hugo Keith QC, for the South African government, admitted that he is currently not fit to plead, but argued that this should not stop the extradition process.

During a full extradition hearing earlier this month, Professor Nigel Eastman said that extraditing Dewani could worsen his condition.

'If he goes now, he will be in a poorer state than if he goes in six months’ time,' he said.

'If he goes to South Africa and does not improve, he is at risk of being chronically ill and chronically unfit to plead.'

It emerged during the four-day hearing that while resident at Fromeside and Blaise View mental health units Dewani was allowed to walk home every day, and a camper van was set up in the grounds where he would spend long periods of time.

District Judge Riddle ruled in 2011 that Dewani should be sent back to South Africa, but this was successfully appealed against and he was ordered to look again at the case.

So far three men have been convicted over Mrs Dewani’s death.

Last year South African Xolile Mngeni was convicted of premeditated murder for shooting her.

Prosecutors claimed that he was a hitman hired by Dewani to kill his new wife, something that Dewani has consistently denied.



Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2375854/Shrien-Dewani-extradited-South-Africa-face-trial-wifes-killing.html#ixzz2ZxckXha6

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