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  • 7 April 2014, 12:18

Shrien Dewani: Murder Suspect's Extradition Due

A British man suspected of arranging the murder of his new wife on honeymoon in South Africa is due to be extradited later so he can face trial.

Shrien Dewani will be put on a flight from Heathrow to Cape Town which will arrive in South Africa on Tuesday morning.

He will be taken to Western Cape High Court immediately for a preliminary hearing, where he will be flanked by nurses.

He is accused of being behind a plot to kill his new bride Anni, 28, who was shot dead after being kidnapped during a taxi ride through a township on Cape Town's outskirts.

Three men have been convicted already and are serving jail terms. Prosecutors allege that Mr Dewani ordered the killing of his wife, who is a Swedish national.

The extradition of Mr Dewani, 33, from Bristol, brings to an end a three-year battle to bring him to court after her death in November 2010.

Mr Dewani, who denies murder, has argued he is unfit for trial after suffering depression and post traumatic stress disorder.

Anni Dewani's uncle Ashok Hindocha told a news conference on Monday he was relieved his family would now have an opportunity to get justice.

He said: "(I am) relieved. Hopefully this case from now onwards will be about Anni.

"Until now, it hasn't really been about her. You cannot really blame anyone. It's the justice system and the way it is.

"Obviously, we were extremely surprised that it took so long."

 Anni Dewani's brother Anish Hindocha added: "It's been very difficult. There is no life in our family any more, we struggle.

"With the help of the South African people, with the help of the British people, we are at least trying to cope.

"We need justice for Anni. That's the only thing in our minds, and we will hopefully get it soon."

He told Sky News the whole family will be in court to watch when the trial gets underway, whenever that may be.

South Africa's Justice Department have confirmed that Mr Dewani will be extradited on Monday and will appear in court on Tuesday at 11.30am local time.

It said that cameras will be turned off in court.

It is expected that he will continue to receive hospital treatment while awaiting trial.

The three men who have already been convicted and jailed over Mrs Dewani's death are taxi driver Zola Tongo, who was given 18 years after admitting his role in the killing, Xolile Mngeni, who prosecutors claim was the hitman, and another accomplice, Mziwamadoda Qwabe.

Earlier this year BBC Panorama suggested that Mrs Dewani could have been shot by mistake in a struggle, and that there were significant contradictions in the account given by Tongo.

It also claimed that a hotel receptionist who has been granted immunity from prosecution could have played a key role in what happened.