Dept welcomes Dewani ruling

A British court ruled against Shrien Dewani, upholding his extradition to South Africa.

Shrien Dewani has lost his appeal against his extradition to South Africa. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Justice on Friday welcomed a British high court's decision upholding honeymoon murder accused Shrien Dewani's extradition to South Africa.

The British businessman is accused of masterminding the murder of his bride Anni in Cape Town during an alleged staged hijacking back in 2010.

The court ruled that Dewani must be extradited if South African authorities can give certain undertakings by next month.

Department spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga says they plan to do just that.

"We hope that the matter is now reaching finality. Of importance is the fact that we will confer with the NPA [National Prosecuting Authority] so that we proceed to make those undertakings so that the process of him coming to South Africa will be facilitated as soon as possible."

Dewani, who is said to be suffering from post-traumatic stress, denies orchestrating his wife's murder.

Three South African men are already serving lengthy jail terms for their part in the crime.

A panel of three judges, headed by Chief Justice Lord Thomas, delivered Friday's ruling.