South Africa seeks to extradite Shrien Dewani
AFP/The Local · 23 Dec 2010, 06:41
Published: 23 Dec 2010 06:41 GMT+01:00
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The application advances an extradition process begun earlier this month when 30-year-old Shrien Dewani was arrested in Britain after South African police declared him a wanted man in connection with the murder of his 28-year-old wife, Anni.
South African justice ministry spokesman Tlali Tlali said the national prosecutor's office has formally applied for Dewani to be brought to South Africa to stand trial "for complicity in his wife's murder".
Justice officials will forward the application to Britain by January 6th, setting up an extradition hearing, Tlali told AFP.
Anni Dewani was shot and killed on November 13th during a reported carjacking
on the outskirts of Cape Town.
One man who confessed to involvement in the killing has turned state's witness and implicated the victim's husband in plotting to kill her.
Dewani, who returned to Britain with his wife's body days after the killing, was later arrested in Bristol, south of London. He was released on bail pending an extradition hearing and denies any involvement in his wife's death.
The businessman's publicist Max Clifford has suggested that Dewani would fight extradition to South Africa, fearing unfair treatment by the justice system.