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Honeymoon slaying suspect extradited to S Africa

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FILE – In this Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011 file photo, Shrien Dewani, the British man accused of having his wife murdered during their honeymoon in South Africa, arrives at Belmarsh Magistrates’ Court in London. Shrien Dewani has spent years fighting extradition over the death of his 28-year-old bride Anni. She was found shot dead in an abandoned taxi in Cape Town’s Gugulethu township in November 2010. Lawyers for the 34-year-old businessman say he suffers from post-traumatic stress and depression and is unfit to stand trial. But last month Britain’s High Court rejected his grounds for appeal. He is expected to be put on a flight to Cape Town Monday, and South African officials say he will appear in court there Tuesday. The dead woman’s brother, Anish Hindocha, said the extradition brought them “one step closer†to justice. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

FILE – In this Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011 file photo, Shrien Dewani, the British man accused of having his wife murdered during their honeymoon in South Africa, arrives at Belmarsh Magistrates’ Court in London. Shrien Dewani has spent years fighting extradition over the death of his 28-year-old bride Anni. She was found shot dead in an abandoned taxi in Cape Town’s Gugulethu township in November 2010. Lawyers for the 34-year-old businessman say he suffers from post-traumatic stress and depression and is unfit to stand trial. But last month Britain’s High Court rejected his grounds for appeal. He is expected to be put on a flight to Cape Town Monday, and South African officials say he will appear in court there Tuesday. The dead woman’s brother, Anish Hindocha, said the extradition brought them “one step closer†to justice. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

Solicitor Prakash Patel, left, Asok Hindocha, center, the uncle of Anni Dewani and Anish Hindocha, the brother of Anni Dewani speak at a press conference in central London, Monday, April 7, 2014. Anni Dewani was found shot dead in an abandoned taxi in Cape Town’s Gugulethu township in November 2010. Her husband Shrien Dewani has spent years fighting extradition over the death of his 28-year-old bride, lawyers for the 34-year-old businessman say he suffers from post-traumatic stress and depression and is unfit to stand trial. But last month Britain’s High Court rejected his grounds for appeal. He is expected to be put on a flight to Cape Town Monday, and South African officials say he will appear in court there Tuesday. The Anni Dewani’s brother, Anish Hindocha, said the extradition brought them “one step closer†to justice. (AP Photo/John Stillwell, PA Wire) UNITED KINGDOM OUT – NO SALES – NO ARCHIVES

Asok Hindocha, right, the uncle of Anni Dewani and Anish Hindocha, the brother of Anni Dewani speak at a press conference in central London, Monday, April 7, 2014. Anni Dewani was found shot dead in an abandoned taxi in Cape Town’s Gugulethu township in November 2010. Her husband Shrien Dewani has spent years fighting extradition over the death of his 28-year-old bride, lawyers for the 34-year-old businessman say he suffers from post-traumatic stress and depression and is unfit to stand trial. But last month Britain’s High Court rejected his grounds for appeal. He is expected to be put on a flight to Cape Town Monday, and South African officials say he will appear in court there Tuesday. The Anni Dewani’s brother, Anish Hindocha, said the extradition brought them “one step closer†to justice. (AP Photo/John Stillwell, PA Wire) UNITED KINGDOM OUT – NO SALES – NO ARCHIVES

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LONDON (AP) — A British man accused of arranging the slaying of his wife on their honeymoon was extradited Monday to South Africa to face a murder charge.

Shrien Dewani had spent years fighting extradition over the death of his 28-year-old bride Anni. She was found shot dead in an abandoned taxi in Cape Town’s Gugulethu township in November 2010.

Dewani is accused of hiring men to kill his wife and make it look like a botched carjacking. Three men, including the cab’s driver and a gunman, have been convicted in the murder but Dewani denies wrongdoing.

Lawyers for the 34-year-old businessman say he suffers from post-traumatic stress and depression and is unfit to stand trial.

But after a long legal battle, Britain’s High Court rejected all his grounds for appeal last month.

Dewani was taken Monday from the mental health unit in Bristol, southwest England, where he has been receiving treatment and put on a flight to Cape Town, British police said.

“Officers were met at the airport by representatives from the South African authorities who have escorted him on the flight to South Africa,” London’s Metropolitan Police said.

South Africa’s justice ministry said he would appear at Western Cape High Court in Cape Town on Tuesday. It said that “in view of his peculiar medical condition,” Dewani would be accompanied in court by a doctor and a nurse.

The dead woman’s family says the extradition brings them a step closer to justice.

“From today and onwards, this case will be about Anni,” said her uncle, Ashok Hindocha. “Until now it hasn’t been about what really happened to her.”

Associated Press

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