‘Dewani wishes to fight charges in South Africa’

Indian-origin businessman Shrien Dewani,accused of arranging the murder of his wife while on honeymoon

Written by Press Trust Of India | London | Published:July 2, 2013 6:54 am

Indian-origin businessman Shrien Dewani,accused of arranging the murder of his wife while on honeymoon in South Africa,has expressed a wish to return to the country to fight the charges,a court here heard today.

The 33-year-old is accused of orchestrating the death of his 28-year-old Indo-Swedish wife,Anni,who was shot as the couple travelled in a taxi in Cape Town back in November 2010.

He is being treated at a hospital in his home city of Bristol and has been excused from attending the hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

“We suggest that the evidence shows that there has been a significant improvement….There are more positive observations about how he wishes to return to fight the case against him,” barrister Hugo Keith,on behalf of the South African government,told the court at the start of the five-day extradition hearing.

Anni Dewani’s family,including her father Vinod and brother Anish Hondocha,and sister Ami Denborg,watched the hearing from the public gallery. Shrien Dewani’s father Prakash and brother Preyen were also present in court.

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