A 33-year-old Indian-origin British businessman, accused of plotting the murder of his Indo-Swedish wife on their honeymoon in Cape Town in 2010, will be extradited from the UK on April 8, the South African government announced on Friday.
Shrien Dewani has been fighting a return to South Africa to face the charges over the death of his wife Anni, 28. Dewani has denied any involvement in the murder. “After a successful extradition process, Mr Dewani is expected to arrive in the country on Tuesday, 08 April and will immediately be escorted to Western Cape high court where he is expected to make his first appearance in a South African court of law,” the South African Justice Ministry said. Dewani had lost his final appeal against extradition last month which triggered a 28-day period during which he must be extradited.
His legal team had wanted the appeal to be heard in the highest court in the land – the Supreme Court, but this was refused by a panel of judges. The businessman from Bristol is being compulsorily detained under the Mental Health Act after being diagnosed as suffering from severe depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. He will be detained in a high-security psychiatric hospital with some of South Africa’s most notorious killers and rapists, British newspaper, the Guardian reported. Dewani faces months under surveillance at Valkenberg hospital in Cape Town ahead of the trial.
South Africa’s Times newspaper reported on Friday that “security has been beefed up and a new security company appointed” at Valkenberg before Dewani’s arrival.
Two senior officials from an elite police unit, known as the Hawks, and a South African doctor and nurse will accompany him on board a British Airways flight, according to the Times.
Prosecutors in South Africa allege Dewani ordered the killing of his wife, who was a Swedish national.
The charge dates back to November 2010 when the pair were held at gunpoint while driving through Gugulethu, a township near Cape Town, in a taxi.
Dewani escaped unharmed but his wife’s body was found the following day.
Three men have been convicted over Dewani’s death. South African Xolile Mngeni was convicted of premeditated murder for shooting her and jailed for life. Prosecutors claimed he was hired to carry out the killing.
The couple’s taxi driver Zola Tongo was jailed for 18 years after he admitted his part in the killing and another accomplice, Mziwamadoda Qwabe, also pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to 25 years in prison !!!