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Shrien Dewani 'could serve sentence in Bristol Prison'

By BBC | Mar 30, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 8 ]

Shrien Dewani could serve his sentence in Bristol Prison if he is found guilty of plotting to murder his wife on their honeymoon, a South African legal expert says

Paul Hoffman, a former acting High Court judge in South Africa, was quoted by the BBC as saying that option was very unusual, but could be arranged through an inter-governmental deal.

A UK Ministry of Justice spokesman said the department had prisoner transfer agreements with various countries but not with South Africa. However, that could change in the future.

"We hope to get more agreements with other countries and one of them may be South Africa," he said.

Anni Dewani, 28, from Sweden, was shot when a taxi in which the couple were travelling was hijacked in Gugulethu in Cape Town last November.

South African prosecutors say they have evidence that Dewani paid a taxi driver to arrange the murder and want him extradited to stand trial.

Dewani, 31, from Bristol, denies any involvement in the killing.

Hoffman, a director of the Institute for Accountability in Southern Africa, said that if extradited, it would be likely that Dewani would be put on trial along with his co-accused, Mziwamadoda Qwabe, 25, and Xolile Mngeni, 23, at the High Court in Cape Town.

He faces charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances and obstructing the administration of justice.

It is also possible that Dewani could be tried in the UK, Hoffman added.

Care home owner Shrien Dewani is said to be suffering from severe post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, and has fought extradition, arguing he is too unwell to face trial.

In August, a judge ruled that Dewani could be extradited to stand trial.

Sitting at Belmarsh Magistrates' Court in London, District Judge Howard Riddle said he was satisfied Dewani would receive the appropriate mental health care in South Africa.

Judge Riddle also said he was satisfied that Dewani would be held in a prison with good facilities and that he would be kept in a single cell.

"The conditions in South African prisons are atrocious," Hoffman said. "There is gross overcrowding, corruption, routine rape of inmates, intimidation, HIV/AIDS, TB. Gangs rule prisons.

"I'm sure he [Dewani] would be a kid gloves prisoner because of his high profile and his nationality, but to spend a long sentence in a prison hospital is a pretty ghastly prospect."

Hoffman said the option of spending time in a private hospital in South Africa under guard could also be available to Dewani.

Source: BBC

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Judge Riddle also said he was satisfied that Dewani would be held in a prison with good facilities and that he would be kept in a single cell.


Please no special attention for this man....if that is the case then leave him in Britain stop wasting tax payer's money......and release the other prisoners.

Mar 30, 2012 9:11 | 0 replies

... really now... when?mxm

Mar 30, 2012 9:29 | 0 replies

if you commited crime no special treatment whether they put u in a hole or pigsty it does'nt matter,he must serve here in SA cos crime commited here

Mar 30, 2012 10:46 | 0 replies

Vaseline is wairting for him in South Africa.Bring him on

Mar 30, 2012 10:54 | 0 replies

To hell with any special treatment for this murderer. He should have thought about the prison facilities before having his wifle bumped off.

Mar 30, 2012 11:12 | 0 replies

How can he be tried in the UK when the crime was committed in SA? The logistics of witness testimony alone will be a nightmare. His prison stay can be subsidised by his own compatriots though. I have no desire to pay for another prisoner

Mar 30, 2012 11:23 | 0 replies

Why must he get special..???? Aaaaaga maan fokk off the b@stard committed crime finish n klaar he must come n serve his sentence here in SA.

Mar 30, 2012 11:57 | 0 replies

Why speacil treatment? he must be fucked ka moteteng

Mar 30, 2012 1:6 | 0 replies