UK-based Indian—origin businessman Shrien Dewani will be extradited to South Africa to stand trial for allegedly arranging the murder of his Indo—Swedish wife while on their honeymoon.
The 34—year—old Dewani is to be extradited to Cape Town later on Monday night to face a charge for ordering the contract killing of his wife Anni, which he denies.
Anni’s brother Anish Hindocha told ITV news how there were “so many different” questions to be answered over his 28—year—old sister’s death.
“It has been very difficult for my family. We are just focusing on this case at the moment and it is hard to even start making the grieving process final yet because there are so many questions we need answers to,” he said.
“It has been a nightmare, I can’t sleep at night, I can’t even work — the only focus I have is getting justice for her. We hope we get it and now he (Shrien) is getting extradited and that is one step closer towards what we are seeking for her, that is justice for her,” he added.
Dewani is expected to fly out of London’s Heathrow Airport, arriving in Cape Town and being taken straight to a court hearing tomorrow.
He is accused of ordering the murder of Anni who was shot dead in November 2010 while the couple travelled in a taxi through the Gugulethu township during their honeymoon.
Dewani’s lawyers had argued that he should not be forced from the UK to face trial until he had recovered from mental health problems, including depression and post—traumatic stress disorder.
But in March, judges at the High Court rejected all his grounds for appeal against removal and denied him the chance to take the case to the Supreme Court.
The care home owner will reportedly appear at Western Cape High Court in Cape Town for a brief hearing tomorrow morning, and his mental health will then be assessed by a doctor.
It is expected that he will be treated at the Valkenberg hospital while awaiting trial, and South African media have reported that security at the facility, where a number of notorious criminals are held, has been beefed up in anticipation of his arrival.
His initial assessment will be for 30 days but an agreement between the British and South African authorities will see the businessman returned to the UK in 18 months if deemed unfit to stand trial.
Details of what will happen to Dewani once he has touched down in Cape Town are contained in court documents.
Prosecutors allege South African national Xolile Mngeni, who was later convicted of premeditated murder and jailed for life, had been hired by Dewani to kill his wife.
The legal battle to keep Dewani in the UK until he is well enough to travel has been ongoing since 2011.