Honeymoon murder suspect Dewani to be extradited to S Africa

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An Indian-origin British businessman will be extradited from the UK Monday to face charges in South Africa of arranging the 2010 murder of his Indo-Swedish wife during their honeymoon in Cape Town. Shrien Dewani, 34, will be put on a flight to South Africa from London's Heathrow Airport on Monday night. He will arrive in Cape Town the following morning and taken straight to a court hearing. Dewani is accused of ordering the murder of his 28-year-old wife Anni in November 2010, who was shot as the couple travelled in a taxi through the Gugulethu township while they were on honeymoon. Dewani's lawyers had argued that he should not be forced from the UK to face trial until he had recovered from mental health problems, including depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. But in March judges at the High Court rejected all his grounds for appeal against removal and denied him the chance to take the case to the Supreme Court. According to the 'Evening Standard', the care home owner is expected to appear at Western Cape High Court in Cape Town for a brief hearing on Tuesday morning, and his mental health will then be assessed by a doctor. It is expected that he will be treated at the Valkenberg hospital while awaiting trial, and South African media have reported that security at the facility, where a number of notorious criminals are held, has been beefed up in anticipation of his arrival. His initial assessment will be for 30 days but an agreement between the British and South African authorities will see the businessman returned to the UK in 18 months if deemed unfit to stand trial. Details of what will happen to Dewani once he has touched down in Cape Town are contained in court documents. At Dewani's request, he would sleep in "a single occupancy room". Prosecutors allege South African national Xolile Mngeni, who was later convicted of premeditated murder and jailed for life, had been hired by Dewani to kill his wife. The legal battle to keep Dewani?in the UK until he is well enough to travel has been ongoing since 2011. Anni's uncle, Ashok Hindocha, said: "All we have ever wanted is answers to what happened and justice for Anni. "We know who killed her but we don't know why so we hope he will get better and be able to answer those questions in court.

This whole process has been prolonged by his defence team which has been hard but we got there in the end.

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