Dewani appeal could drag on - lawyer

Shrien Dewani has many legal avenues to explore regarding his extradition to South Africa.

Shrien Dewani. Picture: Dewani Allegations Facebook Page

CAPE TOWN - A local lawyer says if honeymoon murder accused Shrien Dewani exhausts all legal avenues to stop his extradition, it may take up to a year before he ever sets foot in South Africa.

On Wednesday a UK court ruled Dewani must stand trial in Cape Town for the murder of his bride Anni, but his family now intends taking the matter to the British Supreme Court of Appeal.

Dewani, who is suffering from depression, is accused of orchestrating Anni's murder in an alleged staged hijacking in Cape Town in 2010.

Attorney William Booth says, "They've got a right to appeal. In my mind, they could even appeal to the high court again; there's also the Supreme Court and then eventually if all of those avenues fail he could go to the European court of human rights."

Meanwhile, Anni's father is hoping the truth behind her murder will finally be revealed when her husband is extradited to South Africa to stand trial.

Her father Vinod Hindocha says his family is still grappling to deal with what happened.

"We haven't accepted it yet. We hope Shrien Dewani goes to South Africa and gives us answers."

Dewani has 14 days to appeal the ruling.

If he is extradited, Shrien's case will be heard in the Western Cape High Court and he may receive treatment at Valkenberg psychiatric facility.

Meanwhile, 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.