Indian honeymoon killer resists extradition to South Africa

December 14th, 2011 - 7:58 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Dec 14 (IANS) The life of Indian-origin businessman Shrien Dewani, suspected of ordering the murder of his wife during their honeymoon, would be at risk if he is extradited to South Africa for his trial, his lawyer has claimed.

The 31-year-old Dewani denies masterminding the murder of 28-year-old wife Anni on their honeymoon in Cape Town in November last year.

Dewani, who has been detained under the Mental Health Act, would suffer “inhumane and degrading treatment” in prison in South Africa and might commit suicide, his lawyer was quoted as saying by The Sun.

The Indian-origin businessman from Bristol has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.

Barrister Clare Montgomery told the high court that Dewani was being detained because it was feared he might kill himself if allowed to go free.

His “fragile” mental condition would get worse if he is extradited, Montgomery said.

Anni was shot dead after the taxi she and her husband were travelling in was hijacked near Cape Town.

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