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‘Honeymoon Murder’ Suspect’s U.K. Extradition Fight Continues

Oct. 22 (Bloomberg) -- Shrien Dewani’s lawyers began their latest attempt to block his extradition to South Africa to face charges he murdered his wife during their honeymoon in 2010.

Dewani’s lawyers reiterated arguments that his mental health wasn’t sufficient to stand trial as they asked a U.K. court at a hearing today to overturn an earlier ruling that would allow his extradition.

South Africa wants to try Dewani for the murder of his wife Anni in Cape Town in November 2010. Anni Dewani was killed after a taxi she and her husband were traveling in was carjacked in Gugulethu, near the city. South African prosecutors allege her husband arranged the murder.

“In the end, extradition is there to deal with crime and criminals and not those who are mentally ill,” Clare Montgomery, Dewani’s lawyer, said today.

In July, a London judge rejected arguments that Dewani’s mental health wouldn’t allow him to stand trial and said that there was no guarantee he would recover more quickly in London. Dewani has been treated at a U.K. hospital for post-traumatic stress disorder and depression since his wife’s death.

The case is Dewani v. Government of The Republic of South Africa, CO/9406/2011.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jeremy Hodges in London at jhodges17@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Anthony Aarons at aaarons@bloomberg.net

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