UK honeymoon suspect lodges appeal against extradition

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Lawyers for a British businessman wanted in South Africa for the murder of his wife on honeymoon lodged an appeal on Friday against an order for his extradition, a judicial spokeswoman said.

The extradition order for Shrien Dewani was signed on Monday by Home Secretary Theresa May after a judge cleared the way for his extradition in August, but he was granted 14 days to appeal to the High Court.

"I can confirm that an appeal was lodged today," a spokeswoman for the English judiciary told AFP, adding: "No date has been set yet for a hearing."

Dewani, 31, is accused of murdering his new Swedish bride Anni, 28, while they visited Cape Town in November.

The newlyweds were being driven through a dangerous part of the city when their taxi was hijacked. Dewani was thrown out of the vehicle while his wife was driven off and shot dead.

Driver Zola Tongo was jailed for 18 years after turning state witness and pleaded guilty to his part in the killing. He claimed Dewani had ordered the shooting and paid him.

Dewani, a businessman from Bristol in southwest England, denies any wrongdoing and has fought extradition, arguing that he is too unwell. He is currently being treated in hospital for depression and stress.

© 2011 AFP

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