Bride murder accused faces wait for ruling

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British businessman Shrien Dewani will have to wait to the new year to learn whether he has won or lost his High Court battle against extradition to South Africa where he faces allegations of masterminding the murder of his bride on their honeymoon.

Care home owner Dewani, from Bristol, is accused of arranging the contract killing of wife Anni, 28, in Cape Town in November last year. The 31-year-old denies any wrongdoing.

Home Secretary Theresa May signed an order for his extradition in August after a judge sitting at Belmarsh Magistrates’ Court in south-east London ruled that Dewani should be sent to stand trial.

Clare Montgomery QC, appearing for Dewani, told two High Court judges he had always wished for a fair trial but there is a high risk of him committing suicide, which would be made worse by extradition.

Yesterday the judges were due to consider further statements from medical witnesses, who were also to be cross-examined in open court.

But the hearing was called off. A spokeswoman for the Judicial Office said all sides had now agreed there was no need for further cross-examination and the judges were now reserving their decision to the new year.

Mrs Dewani was shot when a taxi the couple were travelling in was hijacked in a township.