Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Dewani 'Needs A Year' Before Extradition

A businessman accused of arranging the honeymoon murder of his new bride needs up to a year to recover from stress and depression before he will be fit to be extradited, a court has heard.

Shrien Dewani's lawyer said he was still mentally unfit to be sent to South Africa where he is to stand trial for the contract killing of his wife, Anni.

Clare Montgomery QC said the case hung over Dewani "like the Sword of Damocles", but he was a suicide risk and not well enough to plead to charges of murder, robbery and obstructing justice.

She said he needed "a period of calm".

South African police said Dewani hired three local men to kill Anni, 28, during their honeymoon in Cape Town in November, 2010. Read More