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Anni Dewani murder: UK court reopens honeymoon killing suspect case

PTI | Last Updated: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 08:40

London: The trial of a British man suspected of plotting the slaying of his wife on their honeymoon in South Africa faced another delay on Tuesday after a court granted the suspect the right to a new challenge against his extradition.

Shrien Dewani is accused of hiring a hit man to kill his 28-year-old bride Anni, who was shot to death as the couple travelled in a cab on the outskirts of Cape Town three years ago.

The 33-year-old Dewani denies the charges and has been fighting removal to South Africa. His lawyers have argued that he is not fit to stand trial because he suffers from post-traumatic stress and depression. They also say that he is willing to defend himself in court once he is well again.

A court ruled in July that Dewani should be extradited despite his mental health problems, but today three judges at Britain`s High Court agreed to give Dewani a new hearing, citing outstanding legal issues to be reconsidered.

Outside court, Anni Dewani`s family expressed disappointment at the judges` decision.

"In November, it will be three years since my sister died and we`ve gone nowhere," her sister Ami Denborg said. "We want this to go to South Africa now because this is taking a toll on the family. It`s hard for us to move on with our lives."

First Published: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 08:40

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