It has just been confirmed that Shrien Dewani has lost his final High Court attempt to block his extradition to South Africa to face trial for the murder of his wife Anni.
Lawyers acting for Dewani had argued that his mental health was such that he is unfit to stand trial. I am quite sure that Anni's family will welcome the news which will hopefully see Dewani extradited to South Africa in the near future.
Anni Dewani was a Swedish-born ethnic Indian Lohana Hindu woman who, while on her honeymoon in South Africa, was kidnapped and then murdered whilst taking a taxi on a slum tourism trip through Gugulethu township near Cape Town on 13 November 2010.
Taxi driver Zola Robert Tongo later admitted guilt on the charges of murder in a plea bargain, and was sentenced on 7 December 2010, to 18 years in jail. Two further defendants, Xolile Mnguni, 23, and Mziwamadoda Qwabe, 25, face charges of murder, aggravated robbery and kidnapping.
In his admission of guilt statement, Tongo alleged that Dewani's husband, British national Shrien Dewani of Bristol, had offered him a sum of 15000 rand to murder his wife.