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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.

Zola Tongo, the driver of the car in which the young bride was travelling, said he was paid 1,500 rand ($220 dollars) for his role in the murder. He was sentenced to 18 years in jail.

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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.

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Your comments about this article

21:15 December 23, 2010 by kshatriya
A very sad end to marriage!

After all the twists and turns in the case, I think only shahrukh kahn could put things in perspective by saying "picture abhi bakhi hai" . Roughly translated, the movie is yet to be concluded.
07:56 December 24, 2010 by fauna
I don't know what the heck this case has to do with Sweden. I really mean it.
14:10 December 26, 2010 by PepeKali
Why is this guy resisting extradition? it beat me! If he has nothing to hide than he should just go else he will have guilty concious for rest of his life, that is if he has any concious!This case has everything to do with sweden, she was swedish citizen!
12:33 January 17, 2011 by zinzi01
i am south african and highly pissed off about the earlier comments made by europeans and there unfounded statements on what goes on in africa. To hell with all of you that made those comments -
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