Shrien Dewani has been fighting removal from the UK to face proceedings over wife Anni’s death until he has recovered from mental health problems
London : British Indian businessman Shrien Dewani on Friday lost his bid to block his extradition to South Africa, where he is accused of murdering his Indo-Swedish wife while on their honeymoon in 2010, reports PTI.
Shrien can be extradited to South Africa to stand trial, UK’s High Court ruled. Lawyers for the 33-year-old, who is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, had argued that he should not be sent to South Africa until he was fit to plead over the killing of his wife Anni in November 2010.
But judges ruled he can be extradited as long as the South African government pledges to return him to the UK in case he ultimately proved unfit to be tried. Lord Thomas, in his ruling, said “in the event of the appellant (Shrien) being found unfit to be tried, he will be free to return to the UK, unless there is found to be a realistic prospect of his being tried within a year – or other stated reasonable period – of that finding and the trial takes place within the period”. The South African government has signalled it would give such an undertaking, the court heard.
Anni’s cousin, Amit Karia, said her family was happy with the ruling. “We have waited for it for three years, three months. It seems a step closer to finally getting justice for our Anni,” he said. Shrien, who remains in a Bristol-based mental facility, has been fighting removal from the UK for over three years and has denied the allegation of plotting the killing of his 28-year-old wife on the outskirts of Cape Town.
The couple had been kidnapped at gunpoint as they drove through the Gugulethu township in a taxi in 2010. While Shrien was released unharmed, the next day the body of Anni was found in the car.