U.K Court Rules Dewani Can Be Extradited to South Africa on Murder Charges

A British man accused of murdering his wife during their honeymoon in South Africa can be extradited to face trial, a U.K. judge ruled.

The Secretary of State will make the final decision on whether Shrien Dewani should be sent to South Africa to stand trial, Judge Howard Riddle said in a ruling today. Dewani’s lawyers had argued the process was a breach of his human rights.

“The public interest in extradition and trial outweighs the competing hardship,” Riddle said in the ruling.

Anni Dewani was killed after a taxi she and her husband were traveling in was carjacked near Cape Town. South African prosecutors allege her husband arranged the murder.

At a hearing in February, Dewani’s lawyer said he was suffering from severe post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.

A U.K. Home Office said in a statement that it had received the Dewani case and will review whether to order the extradition. Clare Montgomery, Dewani’s lawyer, didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.

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