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Dewani extradition cost UK R5 million

The Crown Prosecution Service spent the money on lawyers, psychiatrists, doctors, police and transport.

FILE: Shrien Dewani. Picture: Aletta Garner/EWN

PRETORIA - British officials say it cost UK taxpayers R5 million to extradite Shrien Dewani to South Africa where he

was cleared of organising the 2010 slaying of his Swedish-born bride, Anni

Hindocha Dewani.

The Crown Prosecution Service says it spent the money on

lawyers, psychiatrists, doctors, police and transport.

As a category two country under Britain's extradition laws,

the Whitehall authorities are obliged to act on valid requests from South

Africa.

Dewani fought for more than three years to avoid

extradition.

Once in South Africa, however, his trial for organising the

killing of his wife was truncated because the state could not make an adequate

case.

The Western Cape High Court granted Dewani's application to be discharged because

prosecutors failed to provide credible evidence he hired hitmen to kill his

wife four years ago.

As a result, Dewani himself was not required to appear on the stand.