Dewani extradition appeal allowed

Murder accused Shrien Dewani will now appeal his extradition in the UK Supreme Court.

British businessman Shrien Dewani. Picture: AFP.

LONDON - Honeymoon murder accused Shrien Dewani on Tuesday won his legal bid to appeal his extradition to South Africa.

He is wanted in the country to stand trial for the murder of his bride Anni during an alleged staged hijacking in Cape Town back in 2010.

On Tuesday, three senior judges cleared the way for the Dewani family to take their appeal to the Supreme Court in the United Kingdom (UK).

The 33-year-old British businessman, who denies any involvement in his wife's killing, was not in court to hear the judgment.

Anni's relatives did attend Tuesday's proceedings.

They expressed disappointment at the further delay in the case.

Lord Chief Justice Sir John Thomas indicated the original appeal would be reopened.

A point of law was left open at the original appeal.

It relates to whether Dewani is going to be an accused under the Extradition Act.

A second issue relates to whether it is unjust to extradite a person such as Dewani, who is considered unfit to plead.

In December, Xolile Mngeni was sentenced to life imprisonment for his role in the murder.

He 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 respectively for their part in the crime.