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Dewani appeal surprising: Hindocha

Crime & Courts

Shrien Dewani has lodged an appeal against an order that he be extradited to South Africa to stand trial for his wife’s murder - a move his father-in-law has slammed.

Dewani is accused of ordering and organising the murder of 28-year-old Anni in Cape Town in November last year during their honeymoon.

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Honeymoon murder accused Shrien Dewani.

Last month, in the Belmarsh District Court in the UK, chief magistrate Howard Riddle ruled that Dewani could be extradited. But the final decision on whether he would return here then had to be made by Britain’s Home Secretary, Theresa May, who had to either approve or dismiss Riddle’s finding. She signed the order for the extradition on Wednesday - a move Dewani has now appealed against.

When Weekend Argus contacted Anni’s father, Vinod Hindocha, last night, he had not yet heard the news of Dewani’s appeal.

“The decision about his extradition is one that everyone expected - that he has to go.

“His decision to appeal surprises me. I don’t know what grounds he has to appeal on. He is defying his government. It shows that he doesn’t trust his government,” said Hindocha.

“He is opposing all the time. What is he afraid of? He will get a fair trial. Why he is afraid? We don’t understand.”

National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Mthunzi Mhaga said last night that the NPA’s British counterparts had confirmed that Dewani had lodged an appeal. - Saturday Argus

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