South Africa is "civilised" and there are no human rights arguments against extraditing a British businessman accused of ordering his wife's murder on honeymoon there, a court has heard.
Shrien Dewani, 31, is wanted in the country for allegedly paying for a hit on his Swedish bride Anni, 28, in Cape Town.
His lawyers are trying to fight his extradition, partly on the grounds that he may not be safe there.
But Hugo Keith QC, representing the South African authorities, dismissed these concerns.
"South Africa is a civilised (country) for these purposes," he told Belmarsh Magistrates' Court in south east London.
Dewani, a care home owner from Bristol, is said to be suffering from severe post-traumatic stress syndrome and has been excused from attending his extradition proceedings.
His legal team has cited his illness among the reasons why he should not be extradited.
The newlyweds were being chauffeured through the dangerous township of Gugulethu when their taxi was hijacked on November 13.
Dewani, who denies any wrongdoing, was ejected, while his wife was murdered. Her body was found the next morning in the back of the abandoned cab.
Taxi driver Zola Tongo, who has admitted his part in the crime, claimed in a plea agreement with prosecutors that Dewani ordered the car-jacking and paid for a hit on his wife.