Home Secretary approves extradition of Westbury-on-Trym murder suspect Shrien Dewani
By Becky_Feather | Wednesday, September 28, 2011, 16:52
The home secretary, Theresa May, has signed an order for the Westbury-on-Trym businessman Shrien Dewani to be extradited to South Africa over his wife's murder, it has emerged in the last hour.
Home Secretary Theresa May has signed an order for the Westbury-on-Trym businessman Shrien Dewani to be extradited to South Africa to stand trial for his bride's murder
Dewani, 31, of Passage Road, is accused of arranging for his bride Anni to be murdered during their honeymoon in Cape Town last November.
He has 14 days to appeal to the High Court against his extradition, a Home Office spokesman said.
Dewani, who is said to be suffering from severe post-traumatic stress disorder, has always denied any wrongdoing.
Last month District Judge Howard Riddle ruled at Belmarsh Magistrates' Court that Dewani should be sent back to South Africa to stand trial and the Home Secretary, with whom the decision lay, has now signed the extradition papers.
Last week Mrs Dewani's family handed a petition with more than 11,000 signatures to
the Home Office calling for the extradition to go ahead.
Mrs Dewani was shot dead after the taxi she and her husband were travelling in was carjacked. He was not hurt.
Two men have been charged with murder,
kidnapping and robbery with aggravating circumstances and will go on trial at
the Western Cape High Court on a date to be set next year.
The taxi driver Zola Tongo, has already been sentenced to
18 years in jail for murder, kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances
and perverting the course of justice.