Indian-origin businessman to be extradited to South Africa

London, March 22: An Indian-origin businessman in Britain, accused of arranging the murder of his wife during a honeymoon trip to Cape Town, will be extradited to South Africa by the first week of next month.

Shrien Dewani, 33, will be extradited to South Africa within days after deciding not to take the case to the European Court of Human Rights over the charges of killing his wife Anni in November 2010 in Cape Town, the Daily Telegraph reported Saturday.

He was refused permission to appeal to the Supreme Court earlier this month.

Dewani, a businessman from Bristol, is compulsorily detained under the Mental Health Act after being diagnosed with severe depression and post-traumatic stress disorder in a hospital, and is expected to be placed on a flight to Cape Town before April 6.

On reaching South Africa, he will be detained at a hospital facility until he is deemed fit to stand trial.

Anni, 28, Dewani’s newly-wed wife, was shot as she and her husband travelled in a taxi on the outskirts of Cape Town in November 2010. Dewani was later accused of orchestrating the murder.

Three men have been convicted in South Africa in the case: Xolile Mngeni, who was found guilty of shooting Anni, taxi driver Zola Tongo, who admitted to his part in the killing and Mziwamadoda Qwabe, another accused who has also pleaded guilty to Anni’s murder.

IANS