Anni's family welcomes ruling

Anni Dewani’s family is hopeful that they will finally get to the bottom of her murder.

FILE: Anni Dewani's father Vinod Hindocha is seen with a relative outside the Western Cape High Court on Monday 27 August 2012 at the trial of Dewani's alleged killer. Picture: Sapa.

LONDON - Anni Dewani's relatives say they are one step closer to the truth about what happened when she was murdered in South Africa while on honeymoon.

They spoke outside a British court where a judge cleared the way for her husband Shrien Dewani to be extradited to the Western Cape to face murder charges.

He dismissed an appeal that Dewani's removal would be oppressive and against his human rights.

The victim's sister and parents spoke outside the court immediately after the appeal against extradition was refused.

The Hindochas say they have struggled every day with the loss of Anni, but described today's ruling as satisfying.

At least 25 supporters and friends packed the courtroom, wearing pictures of the victim on their chests.

Dewani, who denies any involvement in his wife's killing, was not in court and neither were his family.

They now have 14 days to appeal to the Supreme Court but must prove there is a point of public importance to prevent the extradition from going ahead.

Meanwhile, Dewani is still receiving treatment for post-traumatic stress.

If extradited, he will be held at the general psychiatrist unit of Valkenberg Hospital in the Western Cape.

A leading British consultant forensic psychiatrist in prisons visited the facility in March. He said he was satisfied with the condition of the hospital.

Dewani is accused of masterminding Anni's killing in Cape Town in November 2010.

At the same time, three South African men are currently serving lengthy sentences for their part in the alleged staged hijacking.

Xolile Mngeni was sentenced to life imprisonment in December. Mngeni was convicted of robbery with aggravating circumstances, premeditated murder and the illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Mziwamadoda Qwabe and Zola Tongo were sentenced to 25 years and 18 years for their part in the crime.