'Extraditing Dewani won't be unjust'

The British businessman lost his high court bid to block his extradition to South Africa.

Shrien Dewani. Picture:Dewani Allegations Facebook Page

CAPE TOWN - It will not be unjust to extradite honeymoon murder suspect Shrien Dewani to South Africa, three British judges found on Friday.

The British businessman lost his high court bid to block his extradition until he is deemed fit to stand trial.

Dewani is accused of ordering the killing of his wife Anni in Cape Town back in 2010.

A panel comprising three judges ruled it would not be "oppressive" to extradite Dewani, provided Pretoria indicated how long he would be kept in South Africa without trial.

The court heard a few hours ago that Pretoria is willing to give that undertaking.

But while a lawyer for the South African government has told reporters he is delighted with the ruling, he added they need two weeks for "final clarification".

Dewani has been fighting extradition attempts to South Africa to face trial for the crime, citing mental health problems.

Three South Africans have been convicted in connection with the murder.

The Department of Justice on Friday welcomed the ruling.

Department spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga says they plan to give the required undertakings.

"We hope the matter is reaching finality. We will confer with the NPA so that we proceed to make those undertaking so that the process of him coming to South Africa can be facilitated as soon as possible."