Sunday, April 6, 2014

South Africa: Accused British Murderer Shrien Dewani, 33, to Arrive in Cape Town on April 8

According to AFP, British businessman Shrien Dewani, 33, will arrive in Cape Town next week to stand trial on charges that he arranged the murder of his 28-year-old Swedish bride, it was announced on Friday (April 4).

After a successful, but prolonged extradition process, Dewani is expected to arrive in Cape Town on April 8, South Africa's Justice Ministry said.

Dewani is accused of contracting out the homicide of Anni Dewani while they were on honeymoon in Cape Town in November 2010.

COMMENT: Dewani claimed the couple were kidnapped at gunpoint as they drove through the Gugulethu township near Cape Town in a taxi.

Dewani himself was released unharmed. Anni's body was found in an abandoned vehicle the following day. She had been shot and killed.

Dewani denies any involvement in her murder, claiming it happened after their taxi was hijacked.

Taxi driver Zola Tongo admitted guilt in a plea deal along with another co-conspirator, Mziwamadoda Qwabe. The two were sentenced to 18 and 25 years in prison, respectively.

A third man, Xolile Mngeni, was later found guilty of firing the shot that killed Anni, and sentenced to life imprisonment in November 2012.

Tongo claimed Dewani had offered him 15,000 rand ($1,418.71) to have Anni killed.

Dewani fought a protracted legal battle to avoid being extradited from the UK to South Africa, claiming he had mental health problems, including depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The High Court in London ruled in January that he could be extradited provided South African authorities returned him to Britain if his mental health deteriorated.

According to Johannesburg-based THE TIMES, Dewani will be escorted to the country on a British Airways flight by a nurse, a South African doctor and two members of the country's elite Hawks crime fighting unit.

Dewani  is expected to be taken to the high security Valkenberg psychiatric hospital in Cape Town where he will stay for the duration of the trial when he is at not in attendance at trial proceedings.