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Man accused of killing wife on honeymoon to be extradited

July 25, 2013 at 5:26 PM   |   Comments

LONDON, July 25 (UPI) -- A British man accused of hiring hit men to kill his wife while they were honeymooning in South Africa will be extradited to face trial, a British court decided.

On Wednesday, a court in London ruled that Shrien Dewani will be extradited to South Africa to face charges for his wife's death, CNN reported.

A court ruled in favor of extraditing him last year, but that was halted after Dewani's lawyer alleged his client was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and depression following his wife's death and had tried to commit suicide.

Anni Dewani, 28, was killed by two hit men in a cab in Cape Town in 2010. Taxi driver Zola Tongo admitted Shrien Dewani paid him to hire the hit men and make the killing look like an attempted hijacking. Tongo and the hit men have been given prison sentences for their roles in the killing.

"We want to know what happened. Our view on this is quite simple. There were five people in the car, four men, one lady. She was murdered," Ashok Hindocha, the victim's uncle, told CNN after the extradition decision. "We want to know what happened. Our view on this is quite simple. There were five people in the car, four men, one lady. She was murdered."

"Three of the people in the car have confessed that that they were involved and they are also in jail now for their part in this incident. Shrien is the only one who hasn't spoken. We want to know why. Why did a beautiful girl on her honeymoon have to die, to be killed, brutally murdered?" Hindocha asked.

South African Justice Minister Jeff Radebe welcomed the court's ruling Wednesday.

"We are also pleased that at last Mr. Dewani will stand trial for the alleged murder that induced a sense of shock and outrage -- national as well as around the world," Radebe said. "We guarantee him and the entire world that he will indeed receive a fair trial."

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