Dewani loses extradition appeal

Shrien Dewani has lost his appeal to avoid extradition to SA to stand trial for his wife's murder.

Murder accused Shrien Dewani. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Honeymoon murder accused Shrien Dewani has lost his appeal to avoid extradition from the UK to stand trial in South Africa for the murder of his wife Anni.

A panel of three judges, headed by Chief Justice Lord Thomas, have ruled against the extradition appeal.

There have been outstanding legal issues where the court had to decide whether or not the case could be reopened to discuss his status as an accused person and whether it would be unjust to extradite him.

As Eyewitness News ' Kay Oliver reports from London, it's likely Dewani's legal team will continue the fight to keep him in the UK.

"They will obviously try to go back and appeal it because Anni's mother has been saying she's the mother of a murdered girl and how long does she have to wait to get answers to her daughter's murder."

In July 2013 Dewani lodged an appeal with the Supreme Court in UK against the ruling for him to be extradited to stand trial in Cape Town for the murder of his bride.

The businessman, who is said to be suffering from post-traumatic stress, denies orchestrating his wife's murder in an alleged staged hijacking in Khayelitsha in 2010.

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 2012. 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.