Bail on hold for honeymoon husband
The British newlywed accused of hiring a hitman to murder his bride has been remanded in custody as the South African authorities fight to extradite him.
Shrien Dewani, 30, had been released on £250,000 bail with an electronic tag and strict curfew by a judge at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court, but the decision was dramatically over-ridden before he could walk free after representatives of the South African government lodged appeal documents.
Dewani will now appear before the High Court, possibly as soon as Thursday, where a more senior judge will review whether he should be granted bail.
The Bristol care home owner is wanted over the death of his wife Anni, 28, who was found dead in the back of an abandoned taxi in Cape Town with a single bullet wound to her neck on November 13.
Taxi driver Zola Tongo has accused Dewani of offering to pay 15,000 rand (£1,400) for her murder and ordering it to appear like a bungled carjacking as they drove through a notorious township. Ben Watson, for the South African government, claimed Tongo also believed Dewani had arranged another murder in the country, in similar circumstances, before.
The court heard the spotlight of suspicion turned on Dewani when police questioned why he did not use an airport-to-hotel shuttle service.
Investigators also thought it strange that Tongo had taken the couple to Gugulethu, a notoriously dangerous area, to view a restaurant that closed at 9pm. They were suspicious too of the fact that neither Dewani or the taxi driver were injured, having been robbed and forced out of the vehicle.
But Clare Montgomery QC, representing Dewani, said her client was accused by a group of self-confessed robbers and murderers desperate to escape a life sentence.
Speaking outside the court, one of Mrs Dewani's cousins said the family "want justice for Anni" and said all the evidence must be heard in a "fair trial".
Asked if that would mean Dewani going to South Africa a male relative replied: "I would say so, yes." He added: "Well I would say he needs to go. That is all I would say."