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UK: Honeymoon killing suspect should be extradited

July 24, 2013 GMT

LONDON (AP) — A British court ruled Wednesday that a honeymoon slaying suspect should be extradited to South Africa to face trial over his wife’s death.

Shrien Dewani is accused of organizing the killing of his 28-year-old bride Anni, who was shot to death as the couple travelled in a cab on the outskirts of Cape Town three years ago.

Dewani denies the charges, and his lawyers have argued that post-traumatic stress and depression mean he should not be returned to South Africa. His lawyers said they plan to appeal the decision.

His family released a statement after the ruling saying he is still not fit to be extradited and stand trial.

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“Shrien remains committed to returning to South Africa when his health would permit a full trial and when appropriate protections are in place for his health and safety,” the statement read.

Ami Denborg, a sister of the murdered honeymooner, said her family was “satisfied” with the decision that Dewani should be extradited.

District Judge Howard Riddle said Wednesday that clinicians believed Dewani would recover and may eventually be fit to plead.

He said: “It is not in question that Shrien Dewani will be returned to South Africa.” The judge said it is possible that after “a reasonable period of further treatment and assessment he will be found fit to plead and a trial can take place.”

South African authorities say Dewani will be given medical treatment if extradited to stand trial there.