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Dewani loses latest extradition appeal

The honeymoon murder accused has lost his third appeal in the UK Supreme Court.

Honeymoon murder accused Shrien Dewani (right). Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Honeymoon murder accused Shrien Dewani has lost his latest extradition appeal in Britain's highest court, the BBC reported on Monday.

The businessman's legal team wanted to challenge an earlier High Court ruling that he be extradited to South Africa.

But a panel of judges on Monday refused to allow the case to be heard in the Supreme Court.

In January, the High Court in London ruled it would not be unjust or oppressive to extradite Dewani if South African authorities could give certain assurances about the time he would be kept in the country without trial.

The Department of Justice confirmed last month that the assurances had been given.

But it also emerged that papers had been filed to have the matter heard in the UK Supreme Court for the third such appeal.

Dewani is accused of masterminding the murder of his wife Anni during an alleged staged hijacking in Cape Town in November 2010.

He is currently being detained under the Mental Health Act, as he suffers from severe depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Three South African men are currently serving lengthy sentences for their part in crime.

Xolile Mngeni was sentenced to life imprisonment in December 2012.

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.