S.African police chief confident of Dewani extradition

17th December 2010, Comments 0 comments

South Africa's police chief says he is confident that a British businessman implicated in the murder of his wife on honeymoon will be forced to return to the country, media reported on Friday.

"Let him come back and allow our courts to determine the case," Bheki Cele, South Africa's National Police Commissioner, referring to suspect Shrien Dewani, told The Times newspaper in Johannesburg.

"We are confident that we handled the case professionally and we are confident that Dewani will be extradited."

Anni Dewani, 28, was shot and killed in November during a reported carjacking on the outskirts of Cape Town.

One man who confessed to involvement in the killing has turned state's witness and implicated the victim's husband in plotting to kill her.

Zola Tongo, the driver of the car in which the young bride was travelling before her death, says he was paid 1,500 rand (around 220 US dollars) for his role in the murder. He was sentenced to 18 years in jail.

Two other South Africans are due to stand trial for the murder next year.

Dewani, who returned to Britain with his wife's body days after the killing, was later arrested in Bristol, south of London. He is currently out on bail and has denied any involvement in the crime.

The businessman's publicist Max Clifford has suggested that Dewani would fight extradition to South Africa, fearing unfair treatment by the justice system.

© 2010 AFP

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