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.
Dewani extradition hearing
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.
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The monkey got bail
“Three, six, nine
The goose drank wine
The monkey chewed tobacco on the streetcar line
The line broke, the monkey got choked
And they all went to heaven in a little row boat
Anybody heard from Max lately?
The monkey is not considered a flight risk, we’ll wait for the British justice system to run it’s course.
Honeymoon murder update
I note that the judge presiding over the Dewani extradition application is Senior District Judge Howard Riddle (who also presided the Assenge application), Riddle is reported as saying: ‘Either Mr Dewani over a period of time plotted the murder of his wife or he is one of the tragic victims of this incident.’
Judge Riddle added ‘It is clear there is evidence that has been put before me and on the face of it, and I put it no higher than that, evidence on which a trial could evidently proceed.’ (Mail)
The Telegraph report that ‘Dewani withdrew some £1,000 in cash in the days before the murder, including £800 on the eve of the shooting.’
And now The Sun claim ‘HONEYMOON murder suspect Shrien Dewani was seen on CCTV paying cash to the cabbie who claims the millionaire Briton arranged the killing of his bride. Footage from a camera at a posh Cape Town restaurant recorded a private meeting between the care home tycoon and driver Zola Tongo after wife Anni’s death.’
The bails conditions apparently;
10am – 2pm curfew
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