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Shrien Dewani has one option left

Dewani has one more application to make with European legislators to avoid extradition to SA.

British businessman Shrien Dewani (right) at Belmarsh Magistrates Court, in south-east London, on February 24, 2011. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Justice says if Shrien Dewani doesn't appeal his extradition to South Africa to European legislators in the next few days, he could be back in the country to stand trial for the murder of his wife Anni.

Dewani has been fighting extradition since 2011 on mental health grounds.

But on Monday a British court ruled he must return to South Africa within a month.

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.

The Justice Department's Mthunzi Mhaga says, "We are confident that when he lands on our shores, he will get a fair trial. We are delighted that the matter is finally reaching its conclusion. The minister has commended the team for their sterling work so far."

Three South African men are currently serving lengthy sentences for their part in Anni's murder.

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.

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