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Imminent extradition to South Africa of UK businessman accused of murder

British businessman Shrien Dewani, accused of murdering his wife while on honeymoon in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2010, is fast running out of options to prevent his extradition to South Africa which now appears to be imminent.

South Africa’s Department of Justice Tuesday said it had received no notification that the 33-year-old will challenge a British court's extradition order, which compels his to return to South Africa.

After numerous appeals against his extradition, the High Court on 3 March dismissed his final appeal against extradition.

His only other option is to approach the European Court of Human Rights, but Justice Department spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said there were no indications that his legal team has done this and that South Africa is now liaising with the office of the home secretary in Britain to facilitate the smooth transfer of the high-profile fugitive.

This is expected to be completed within the next month.

Dewani, who has been in a psychiatric facility in Bristol since returning to the UK after the murder, will face charges related to the murder of his wife Anni.

He claimed the couple were kidnapped at gunpoint as they drove through a Cape Town township late at night.

While he was released unharmed, his wife's bullet-riddled body was found the following day.

Three Cape Town men - Xolile Mngeni, Zola Tongo and Mziwamadoda Qwabe - who were all convicted and jailed for their role in the killing implicated Dewani, said it was a paid hit.

Pana 19/03/2014