Brit ‘at risk’ if extradited over murder
THE life of British businessman Shrien Dewani will be at risk if he is extradited to South Africa to face charges over the murder of his wife during their honeymoon, a court heard.
Care home owner Dewani, from Bristol is accused of arranging the contract killing of wife Anni in Cape Town in November last year.
Clare Montgomery QC, for Dewani, asked two High Court judges to block the extradition order – signed by Home Secretary Theresa May – as his mental health had deteriorated to the point where he was “too ill to be extradited” and was a suicide risk.
She also said he would be at serious risk of attack – including sexual violence – at the hands of prisoners.
Mrs Dewani, 28, was shot when a taxi the couple were travelling in was hijacked in a township on the outskirts of Cape Town.
She was found dead in the back of the abandoned vehicle with a bullet wound to her neck.
The appeal hearing continues.