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Dewani lodges extradition appeal

British businessman Shrien Dewani has lodged an appeal against an order that he can be extradited to South Africa over his wife's murder.

The move for a High Court challenge comes after Home Secretary Theresa May signed an order for the extradition.

Care home owner Dewani is accused of arranging a hit on his bride Anni during their honeymoon in Cape Town last November.

Mrs May's decision came after District Judge Howard Riddle ruled at Belmarsh Magistrates' Court in south east London last month that Dewani, 31, should be sent back to South Africa to stand trial.

Suspicion fell on Dewani after Mrs Dewani, 28, was shot dead when the couple's cab was hijacked in the dangerous Gugulethu township.

Taxi driver Zola Tongo, who has admitted his part in the crime, claimed in a plea agreement with prosecutors that Dewani ordered the carjacking and paid for a hit on his wife.

Dewani, who is said to be suffering from severe post-traumatic stress disorder, denies any wrongdoing.

Law firm Hickman and Rose later issued a statement on behalf of Dewani confirming that a notice to appeal had been submitted against the ruling of the district judge and the order of Mrs May to extradite him.

It said: "The senior district judge found that Mr Dewani remains extremely unwell. He also found that Mr Dewani's condition would worsen if he were to be extradited to South Africa where bail would be unlikely and where a number of serious risks to his life and safety have been identified.

"Mr Dewani has always maintained his innocence and his intention to clear his name of all the false allegations against him. As legal proceedings are active it would be inappropriate to comment any further at this stage."


From Belfast Telegraph