Dewani to be extradited

Shrien Dewani will be extradited to SA to stand trial for orchestrating his wife's murder.

Shrien Dewani. Picture: Facebook.com.

JOHANNESBURG - A London court has given the green light for Shrien Dewani to be extradited to South Africa.

His case was heard on Wednesday morning.

Dewani has been fighting attempts by South African authorities to get him back to the country to faces charges relating to his wife's murder.

Anni was shot dead in 2010 and it is alleged Shrien orchestrated her murder.

At least 25 of the victim's family and supporters packed the courtroom and got the decision they had hoped for.

They wore a picture of Anni pinned onto their clothing as they listened intently to the judge's summary.

The judge said he had no hesitation in accepting the undertaking given by the South African authorities with regards to how Dewani would be treated.

The defence team representing Dewani now has 14 days to appeal at the Supreme Court, but must prove a point of law of general public importance to succeed in overruling the judgement.

NOT FIT TO STAND TRIAL?

Dewani is suffering from depression and severe post-traumatic stress disorder.

He denies any involvement in the crime and has appeared several times in UK courts to challenge his extradition on the grounds of poor mental health.

Last year, a court in the UK ruled it would be "unjust and oppressive" to extradite him as his mental state had deteriorated since his arrest.

His legal team previously argued he should not be extradited because he would not receive a fair trial and South Africa's prisons were unsafe.

Earlier this month, District Judge Howard Riddle sat through a four-day hearing at the Westminster Magistrates Court as both prosecution and defense teams laid out their cases for him to review.

The hearing concentrated on two aspects of the case, namely Dewani's mental health, which the court has been told has been fluctuating in the last few months, and the conditions of the prison units in which he might be detained if extradited.

Dewani's legal experts assert he's not fit to stand trial and should be allowed another six months to recover from post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.

However, prosecutors said he should be extradited now and say local authorities have pledged unprecedented undertakings to ensure Dewani's care would continue to the same standard in South Africa.

OTHER ACCUSED

Anni's family has always urged Dewani to return to South Africa to clear his name so they can find closure.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is yet to react to the latest development.

Three men are already serving lengthy jail sentences for their part in the killing.

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.

Dewani is expected to be held at the Valkenburg Hospital in the Western Cape.