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'Dewani will have rights to apply for bail'

Shrien Dewani will be extradited to SA next month to stand trial for his wife Anni’s murder in 2010.

Shrien Dewani will be extradited to SA next month to face charges relating to the murder of his wife Anni. Picture: Facebook.com.

CAPE TOWN - A Cape Town criminal lawyer says murder suspect Shrien Dewani has every right to apply for bail when he appears in a South African court.

After failed attempts to avoid being extradited to the country, Dewani is now expected to be brought to the Mother City on 8 April to stand trial for murder.

He is accused of being the mastermind behind the murder of his wife, Anni, in an alleged staged hijacking in Cape Town in 2010.

The couple were newlyweds and visiting the Cape on their honeymoon.

Lawyer William Booth says Dewani has the exact same rights as all accused in criminal matters.

"He left the country. Police authorities were fully aware that he left South Africa freely so maybe one can make out a fairly good case to have him released on bail with conditions, possibly that he remains in the Cape Town area and that he be very strictly monitored."

Three South African men have already been sentenced and are serving lengthy jail terms for their part in her murder.

Meanwhile, relatives of the slain British bride say the past few years have been very difficult for them, as they're still struggling to deal with her death.

Anni's uncle Ashok Hindocha said the family were relieved her husband would finally appear in a Cape Town court.

"It hasn't been a peaceful three years for us. On top of that, we're still grieving Anni's death. Her soul is not at peace as yet, not until this case is over."

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