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Shrien Dewani takes extradition case to Supreme Court

  • 21 February 2014
  • From the section Bristol
Shrien Dewani
Image caption Shrien Dewani is being treated in hospital for depression and post-traumatic stress disorder

A British man accused of organising the murder of his wife in South Africa will take his fight against extradition to the highest court in the UK.

Shrien Dewani, 33, has been fighting against being extradited to face charges over his wife Anni's death.

Last month, the High Court ruled Mr Dewani, from Bristol, would return to South Africa but his legal team has won the right to a Supreme Court ruling.

Mr Dewani, currently in hospital, denies plotting to kill his wife.

He is being compulsorily detained under the Mental Health Act, suffering from severe depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Image caption Shrien and Anni Dewani married in Mumbai in India in October 2010, two weeks before her death

Mr Dewani is accused of organising the killing of Anni, 28, while the pair were on honeymoon in November 2010.

In November 2012, South African Xolile Mngeni was convicted of premeditated murder - as the one who shot Mrs Dewani - and jailed for life the following month.

Prosecutors allege he was hired by Mr Dewani to kill his wife.

In January, the High Court ruled he can be extradited as long as the South African government makes a pledge over how long he would be kept in the country without trial.

Those assurances have now been given.

Over the last few years Mr Dewani's lawyers have said he will be willing to defend himself at trial once he is fit to do so, but they say he is unfit to plead under English law and his "prognosis is not certain".

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