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Shrien Dewani Loses Bid To Delay Extradition
The family of a woman murdered on honeymoon in South Africa say they are a step closer to "getting justice" after her husband, who is accused of killing her, lost a High Court bid to delay his extradition.
Three judges ruled it would not be "unjust and oppressive" to extradite Shrien Dewani, if the South African authorities gave a commitment over how long he would be kept in the country without trial.
The country's government has signalled it would give such an undertaking, the court heard.
Dewani, who is currently being held in hospital under the Mental Health Act, faces allegations that he hired a hitman to kill his 28-year-old bride, who was shot dead on the outskirts of Cape Town in November 2010.
Authorities in South Africa say Dewani, 33, paid for others to hijack their taxi, throw him out and shoot her before abandoning the vehicle - claims he strongly denies.
He has been fighting his extradition from the UK to face trial over his wife's death until he is fit to stand trial.
His lawyers have stressed at various hearings that he will be willing to defend himself in court once he has recovered.
A lawyer for the South African government said it was "delighted" with the court's ruling and expected it would be able to give the undertaking required, but needed 14 days "for final clarification".
Speaking on behalf of the family outside London's High Court, Amit Karia, a first cousin to Anni said: "We are happy with the judgement. We have waited for it for three years, three months."
He said: "It seems a step closer to finally getting justice for our Anni."
But he warned there was still a possibility of Dewani launching a last-ditch appeal over the ruling to the Supreme Court, the highest court in the land.
Mr Karia said: "We are always worried and don't take anything for granted."
He described the situation for Mrs Dewani's parents as "immensely difficult - they do not have normal life anymore."
He added: "They just want the truth - that is all we have ever wanted."
So far three men have been convicted over Mrs Dewani's death.
South African Xolile Mngeni was convicted of premeditated murder for shooting her.
Prosecutors claimed that he was a hitman hired to carry out the killing.
Taxi driver Zola Tongo was jailed for 18 years after he admitted his part in the killing, and another accomplice, Mziwamadoda Qwabe, also pleaded guilty to murder and was given a 25-year prison sentence.
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