New extradition hearing for Dewani

Blackpool Citizen: Shrien Dewani faces a further hearing in his battle against extradition to South Africa Shrien Dewani faces a further hearing in his battle against extradition to South Africa

Honeymoon murder suspect Shrien Dewani has a further High Court hearing today in his legal battle against extradition.

In October a panel of three judges, headed by the Lord Chief Justice Lord T homas, ruled that there were outstanding legal issues the court must decide.

Dewani is fighting removal to South Africa to face trial over his wife Anni's death until he has recovered from mental health problems, including depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

His lawyers have stressed at various hearings that he will be willing to defend himself at trial once he is fit to do so.

Lord Thomas ruled his case must be reopened to consider two key issues.

The first relates to Dewani's status as ''an accused person''.

The second concerns whether it would be ''unjust and oppressive'' to extradite Dewani ''regardless of the prognosis'' of his mental condition.

Today's hearing in London is before Lord Thomas, Mr Justice Ouseley and Mr Justice Blake.

In July, Chief Magistrate Howard Riddle ruled at Westminster Magistrates' Court that Dewani should be extradited and rejected his attempt to stay in the UK for further hospital treatment.

He said Dewani, from Bristol, was not fit to plead or stand trial at present, but there was evidence that he would receive the care he needed in South Africa.

Judge Riddle had originally given the go-ahead to Dewani's extradition in 2011 but had to reconsider the position after the High Court allowed his appeal in March last year.

Dewani is accused of ordering the killing of his new wife Anni, 28, who was shot as the couple travelled in a taxi on the outskirts of Cape Town in November 2010.

So far three men have been convicted over Mrs Dewani's death.

Last year South African Xolile Mngeni was convicted of premeditated murder for shooting her.

Prosecutors claimed he was a hitman hired by Dewani to kill his wife, which Dewani has consistently denied.

Taxi driver Zola Tongo was jailed for 18 years after he admitted his part in the killing and another accomplice, Mziwamadoda Qwabe, also pleaded guilty to murder and was handed a 25-year prison sentence.

Dewani's family have said that he remains committed to returning to South Africa ''when his health would permit a full trial and when appropriate protections are in place for his health and safety''.

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