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Husband of slain Swedish bride out on bail

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Husband of slain Swedish bride out on bail
14:50 CET+01:00
A British businessman wanted in South Africa over the murder of his Swedish bride on their honeymoon was granted bail at the High Court in London on Friday.

South Africa wants to extradite 30-year-old Shrien Dewani on suspicion of paying to have his wife Anni, a native of Mariestad in central Sweden, killed in a carjacking during their honeymoon in Cape Town.

Lawyers for the South African authorities had argued that there were substantial grounds for suspecting Dewani would not surrender for an extradition hearing later this month were he allowed bail.

But High Court judge Duncan Ouseley disagreed and allowed his application.

Dewani strongly denies any involvement in the murder and told the earlier court hearing in London that he did not agree to the extradition.

He had been held at Wandsworth Prison in south London since appearing Wednesday at City of Westminster Magistrates Court on an extradition warrant.

The care home owner had handed himself in to a police station in Bristol, southwest England, on Tuesday.

His release from custody was stringent bail conditions, including the payment of a £250,000 ($400,000) cash surety.

His 28-year-old wife was killed on November 13th after the couple's taxi was reportedly hijacked outside Cape Town.

In a South African court on Tuesday, taxi driver Zola Tongo said he was offered 15,000 rand ($2,175) by Dewani to kill his wife.

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