British man held in jail over wife's S.Africa murder

8th December 2010, Comments 0 comments

A British businessman wanted in South Africa on suspicion of having his Swedish bride murdered will be held in jail after an appeal was lodged on Wednesday against him being granted bail.

Shrien Dewani, 30, whom South African authorities accuse of paying to have his bride Anni killed during their honeymoon in Cape Town, appeared at City of Westminster Magistrates Court in London on an extradition warrant.

His 28-year-old wife was killed on November 13 after the couple's taxi was reportedly hijacked outside Cape Town.

The judge in London first granted bail to Dewani, but for procedural reasons he must now remain in custody pending a High Court hearing.

Shrien Dewani was released unharmed but her bullet-riddled body, robbed of her Armani watch, white gold and diamond bracelet, handbag and phone, was later found in an impoverished township neighbourhood.

Dewani had handed himself in to a police station in Bristol, southwest England, on Tuesday.

He denies any involvement in the murder and told the court in London he did not agree to the extradition.

On Tuesday, taxi driver Zola Tongo told Western Cape High Court he was offered 15,000 rand (2,175 dollars) by Dewani to kill his wife.

© 2010 AFP

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