Two High court judges have ruled that the extradition of Anni Dewani’s husband, accused by South African authorities of masterminding the murder of his wife be temporarily halted. (DT article here)
They haven’t upheld the appeal but temporarily halted it.
Members may recall that on the 10th August, 2011 District Judge Howard Riddle approved the extradition request a decision subsequently approved by The UK Home Secretary (Theresa May.)
It was decided by the High Court judges that Shrien Dewani is too unwell to stand trial, he is apparently suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD.) They added that it was plainly in the interests of justice that he should be extradited “as soon as he is fit” to be tried.
My thoughts and prayers go out to Anni’s family, still no finality.
Meanwhile, Shrein remains locked up in some nuthouse somewhere or other, I view it as a self imposed life sentence, his life must be an absolute misery at the moment, far better for him to recover, go to Cape Town and end the matter one way or the other.
Dewani is appealing Judge Howard Riddle’s ruling of August this year which granted the South African judiciary’s request for him to be extradited to Cape Town to face charges relating to the November 2010 murder of his wife Anni in Gugulethu, Cape Town.
Judge Riddle’s decision required final approval from the British Home Office, Theresa May the British Home Secretary duly authorised the extradition order during September.
The appeal started at the London High Court on Tuesday, 13th December.
Clare Montgomery (Dewani’s QC) argued that Dewani suffering from depression and post-traumatic stress disorder “is too ill to be extradited.” Read more…
The remnants of a bouquet of roses marks the spot where Anni Dewani’s body was found, a heartbreaking reminder of those oh so tragic events of 12 months ago today, in Gugulethu, Cape Town.
During the intervening year the taxi driver has been sentenced to 18 years in jail, a further two accomplices (the trigger men) are awaiting trial and the alleged mastermind (Anni’s husband Shrien Dewani) is appealing against a successful extradition order which the S.A. prosecution service hope will see him returned to Cape Town.
The UK Home Secretary (Theresa May) has signed the extradition order for Shrien Dewani to be tried in South Africa for the murder of his wife Anni.
Shrien Dewani (the depressed post traumatic stress sufferer) now has 2 weeks to appeal her decision. Theresa May’s approval was required to confirm District Judge Howard Riddle’s decision of 10th August in which after a lengthy hearing he decided that they extradition request was fair, that Dewani was fit to stand trial and that our judicial system would not impinge on his human rights!
Dewani’s options appear to be first the appeal and then an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights, the wheels of justice seem to take forever but we can wait.
I’m just delighted that while this is ongoing Dewani is living the life of a virtual prisoner in his fancy care home.
And Max? Read more…
“Shrien Dewani: Judge rules SA extradition can go ahead.
A judge has ruled that a man accused of ordering the murder of his wife on their honeymoon in South Africa can be extradited to stand trial.”
Dewani High Court appeal (18 December 2011) update here
Anni Dewani – 12 months on update here (13 November 2011)
Update here (10 August 2011) … Judge rule for extradition
In my post of May 4 I wrote “The extradition hearing has now been postponed to July 18 awaiting a psychiatric report, that’s OK by me, we’ll wait.”
Well, we’ve waited, hopefully tomorrow we will finally get an answer as to whether he’s nuts or going to be returning to Cape Town (which is a really nice place to visit in the spring, as some here will attest.)
It’s not just me eagerly awaiting the outcome of the court’s decision, Anni’s Mother, Father and 8 other relatives are flying into London to hear the outcome.
Speaking from his home in Sweden, Mr Hindocha (Anni’s Father) said Read more…
Extradition update here (29/09/2011)
My Sunday paper devoted a half page today to this oh so sad event which took place yesterday. My thoughts and prayers today were with Anni Dewani’s family, her uncle Ashok Hindocha is quoted as saying:-
“We took a boat out on Lake Vänern, next to Mariestad where she was born and where she spent her childhood. She loved swimming, cycling, walking and playing there on sunny days,” he said.
“It was a very intimate moment, especially for her mother, Nilam. It is a relief to know that her body is finally where she belongs.
“But her soul isn’t exactly at peace yet. This can only happen when all the questions surrounding her death is answered.
“We know who did it. They are in jail. But the “why” must still be exposed. We are in a very harsh situation. Read more…
This picture on the left is one of a man suffering from severe depression or is it anxiety, who knows who cares?
Reports today suggest that the accused wanted out of the engagement but couldn’t simply call the wedding off for fear of being disowned by his family.
The extradition hearing has now been postponed to July 18 awaiting a psychiatric report, that’s OK by me, we’ll wait.
I take great satisfaction knowing that the high flying lifestyle that this man once lived has disintegrated, that is a sentence in itself (not mine) he must be reminded every day that we, the peace loving citizens of South Africa will not let this matter rest.
An update on the 14th May service to scatter Anni’s ashes here
The UK’s extradition agreement with South Africa does not require authorities from that country to provide “prima facie” evidence – that is, a summary of the prosecution case.
They only need to state that there is initial suspicion of an offence for there to be sufficient grounds for extradition – unless Mr Dewani’s lawyers can find reasons why he should not be sent back.
It is likely that they will argue that Mr Dewani’s human rights would be seriously compromised if he were to be extradited to South Africa for trial, and if extradition were granted his lawyers are likely to lodge a series of appeals that could end up in the European Court of Human Rights. Recent statements from figures of authority in South Africa have fuelled fears among Mr Dewani’s family that he has already been condemned by many in the country, and that a fair trial would be impossible.
Our news has reported that Shrien Dewani couldn’t attend today’s hearing because he is suffering from “acute stress disorder”, I’m not really surprised, I’ve often attended court for simple traffic violations and I must admit it makes one quite nervy, I would imagine that a murder accusation would be pretty nerve wracking!
It was also reported that today’s hearing was a mere formality, expected to last ‘only minutes’ and to set a date for the hearing of evidence.
February 8 appears to be D-Day.
Our news also mentioned Read more…