South Africa honeymoon murder suspect loses appeal against extradition

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Businessman Shrien Dewani (L) arrives with his father Prakash Dewani to attend his bail hearing at Belmarsh Magistrates' Court in London February 24, 2011. REUTERS/Paul Hackett

LONDON (Reuters) - A British businessman accused of arranging for his wife to be murdered while they were on honeymoon in Cape Town has lost an appeal against his extradition to South Africa to face trial.

The High Court ruled on Friday that it would not be oppressive or unjust to send back millionaire Shrien Dewani - who is being treated for post-traumatic stress disorder - so long as the South African government agreed to let him return to Britain if he were found to be unfit to be tried.

Dewani, 33, is accused of conspiring to kill his wife, Anni, a Swedish national, who was shot in November 2010 when the taxi the couple were travelling in was hijacked in the Gugulethu township on the outskirts of Cape Town.

Since returning to Britain, he has been fighting extradition proceedings, arguing that he is too unwell to be sent back for trial.

Speaking outside the court, the dead woman's cousin Amit Karia welcomed the verdict. "It's a step closer to finally getting justice for our Anni," he told reporters.

Dewani can now appeal to Britain's Supreme Court if his advisors feel Friday's judgement is legally flawed.

Anni Dewani was found dead in the back of the abandoned cab with a bullet wound to her neck after cabbie Zola Tongo drove the newlyweds to the township.

Shrien Dewani claims the vehicle was carjacked and that he and Tongo were forced out of the car unharmed before Mrs Dewani was driven away and killed.

However, Tongo turned state witness and, in return for a reduced sentence, alleged that Dewani paid 15,000 rand for his wife to be killed.

He was jailed for 18 years and another accomplice, Mziwamadoda Qwabe, also pleaded guilty to murder and was handed a 25-year prison sentence. (