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Judge gives go ahead for Dewani extradition

AFP/The Local · 10 Aug 2011, 13:54

Published: 10 Aug 2011 13:54 GMT+02:00

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"I must send this case to the Secretary of State for a decision to determine whether he is to be extradited," said District Judge Howard Riddle in his ruling on," said magistrate Howard Riddle in his ruling on 31-year-old Shrien Dewani.

The judge said there would be "undoubted hardship" for Dewani if he were extradited to South Africa.

"However, when all relevant factors are considered, the risk of hardship falls short of oppression. The public interest in extradition and trial outweighs the competing hardship," Riddle told Belmarsh Magistrates Court in London.

South African authorities want Dewani, from Bristol in southwest England, to be sent back to the country so he can be put on trial for the murder of his Swedish-born wife Anni, 28, in Cape Town last November.

The newlyweds were being driven through the dangerous township of Gugulethu when their taxi was hijacked on November 13th. Dewani was thrown out of the

vehicle while his wife was driven off and shot dead.

Dewani apparently told a witness that he "needed a way out" of his marriage to Anni.

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He denies any involvement and has fought extradition proceedings, arguing that he is suffering from severe post-traumatic stress disorder and is too unwell to be extradited.

A spokesperson for the Home Office, or interior ministry, said the court had found "there were no statutory bars" to Dewani's extradition, but added: "The secretary of state will now decide whether to order his extradition."

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14:37 August 10, 2011 by prince T
I think he go should go to SA bt living condition and fairness should be resolved first. I dont tink this will be a problem with home office.
14:58 August 10, 2011 by canuk
finally some logic in this case! note if he had killed this girl in sweden he would have gotten at most 3 or 4 years in prison, oh and if he had downloaded the new Brittney spears garbage that would be extradition to the US!
15:06 August 10, 2011 by 0007
O yes he did ,me think
15:09 August 10, 2011 by eddie123
if SA was good enough as a honeymoon destination, it is good enough for a trial as well. send the lad back and let him face the courts. if he is innocent of the alleged crimes, he would be exonerated for sure. next up - assange!
20:52 August 10, 2011 by johan rebel
Re the "Swedish" Nigerian scam reported elsewhere, this is a very good example of how Swedish some Swedes are.

A long spell in a South African jail is just what this guy needs!

If the Swedish government saw half a chance, they would no doubt offer him accommodation in the Kumla Hilton instead. After all, if Swedes who commit crimes overseas should be pampered in Swedish jails at the taxpayers' expense, then surely those who commit crimes against Swedes in other countries should be cared for here as well.
22:06 August 10, 2011 by axiom
As for this young girl, cut down in the best years of ones life, i hope some justice will be served. No one deserves the brutal end she met.
22:36 August 10, 2011 by bells on the knight
if has nothing to hide what's the big deal
01:26 August 11, 2011 by jamesblish
oh, this guy has plenty to hide, that's why he didn't want to go.
05:59 August 11, 2011 by jomamas
Doesn't look very Swedish to me. In fact, he looks rather Indian, or something similar.

So if the entirety of Sweden is made up of families as such, would Sweden be Sweden at all, or would it be a state on paper only.

Communists read carefully: there is no such thing as multiculturalism - for in multiculturalism is the absence and destruction of native culture.

Multiculturalism is in very fact the destruction of all cultures - at least where multiculturalism is promoted, i.e. in the West.

Of course - the communists don't require multiculturalism (of the sort we are asking) in India, or China. (Of course China/India are multicultural, but all prevailing ethnicities are local in nature, they aren't being invaded by Africans or Europeans).
07:30 August 11, 2011 by canuk
in fact the chineese are slowly taking over africa if you were to do some reasearch....
10:30 August 11, 2011 by axiom

doesn't look swedish would you say this of say hmmm let's see ... the swedish king and queen.

Lets see, the house of Bernadotte is French going back only 200yrs or so when a french man was invited to be the King of Sweden, Swedish Royalty in fact spoke almost no Swedish and the nobel of Sweden spoke a foreign language (french). The current king is married to a German and the future Queen (a stunning woman if i may say so myself) will be of German, French, Brazilian and Scandanavian ethnicity. but you know this is completely acceptable because she "looks Swedish" or shall i say "white enough".

But this poor girl, cut in her prime, is denied this, even though like others she likely had an ancestor who moved to Sweden years ago. Only because of her racial appearance.


please tell me you are just trolling around, it is not possible for anyone to be so ignorant

haha, you see the thing about the chinese taking over africa. they are just taking over the little parts that were not touched by the invading europeans... but at least they exploit it with some conscience not driving out local people, building their own ethnic states or setting up apartheid systems.
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