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  • 4 March 2014, 9:12

Honeymoon Murder: Dewani In Legal Setback

Shrien Dewani has lost his latest legal battle to block his extradition to South Africa, where he is accused of arranging his wife's murder.

He argues he should not be forced from the UK to face trial until he has recovered from mental health problems, including depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

The legal setback comes after three High Court judges rejected all of his current grounds of appeal against removal from Britain.

The Home Office said Dewanihas now exhausted his appeal rights and in the usual circumstances he would be extradited in 28 days.

But his lawyer said there was "fresh evidence" relating to his mental health, which suggests his marathon legal battle could continue.

Dewani, who is compulsorily detained in hospital under the Mental Health Act, denies any involvement in his wife Anni's death which happened during their honeymoon.

He is accused of arranging the killing of the 28-year-old, who was shot as the couple travelled in a taxi on the outskirts of Cape Town in November 2010.

A panel of judges ruled in January it would not be "unjust and oppressive" to extradite him if the South African government gave a commitment over how long he would be kept in the country without trial if his illness continues.

The South African authorities have now given the necessary assurances, but Dewani's lawyers returned to London's High Court to challenge the undertaking before judges.

Lawyers also asked for permission to take Dewani's case to the Supreme Court - the UK's highest court.

But the judges rejected complaints made about the adequacy of the undertaking and also refused to give the go-ahead for the case to go to the Supreme Court.

An 11th hour attempt to gain more time to continue the fight against extradition was rejected by the High Court.

After the ruling, Anni's father Vinod Hindocha said: "We are quite happy with the decision and we hope to get the answers that we have been seeking for the past three and a half years.

"I really don't know what happened to my daughter. We need answers. We hope to get justice."

He added the lengthy legal process had been "torture" for the family.

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