Honeymoon murder suspect pursues UK legal fight

Honeymoon murder suspect pursues UK legal fight

London (AFP) – British honeymoon murder suspect Shrien Dewani is to pursue his battle to delay his extradition to South Africa, where he faces charges of arranging his bride's killing.

It was confirmed on Friday that Dewani will apply to the High Court in London in an attempt to have the case heard by the higher Supreme Court.

Dewani, 33, who is compulsorily detained in hospital under mental health legislation, is accused of ordering the killing of his 28-year-old wife Anni on their honeymoon in Cape Town in November 2010.

p>The South African government has given the required assurances on how long Dewani will be kept in the country without trial if he continues to suffer mental health problems, clearing the way for him to be sent there.

A spokeswoman for the Judicial Office said an application had been made by Dewani's lawyers & the case would be listed for a court hearing at a date to be arranged.

A panel of High Court judges ruled last month that it would not be "unjust & oppressive" to extradite Dewani, despite his illness, if the necessary undertaking was given by South African authorities.

Dewani denies any involvement in the killing of his Swedish-born wife, who was shot as the taxi the couple were travelling in was apparently carjacked.

A South African man, Xolile Mngeni, was jailed for life for the murder in December 2012. Two other men jailed over the killing allege that Dewani ordered the hit.

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Source: “AFP”

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