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Anni Dewani's family welcome decision to extradite Shrien Dewani to South Africa

The family of Anni Dewani, the bride murdered during her honeymoon in South Africa, have welcomed a decision to extradite her husband from the UK to face trial over her death.

A judge in London ruled on Wednesday that Shrien Dewani should be sent to South Africa to answer charges that he recruited a hit-man to kill his then new wife in a ruling that South African prosecutors called an "important milestone".

Mr Dewani, 33, has been receiving treatment for severe depression and post traumatic stress disorder since returning to the UK following the death of his wife in November 2010.

The South Africans accepted that he was not well enough to be put on trial at once but said that he would receive good treatment in a Cape Town psychiatric hospital until he was judged fit.

The extradition however, will not take place immediately as Mr Dewani's family intend to appeal the ruling, claiming that his mental condition makes him too fragile to face trial.

It may now fall to the supreme court to consider the case before the home secretary, Theresa May, is finally asked to consider giving her approval.

Speaking outside Westminster Magistrates Court soon after the ruling, Anni Dewani's sister, Ami Denborg, said: "For us it is all about Anni, it's all about finding out what happened. We will fight this battle to the end and this battle has just begun. We just want to know what happened to Anni and this is just one step. It's been really hard on the family, we are struggling every day."

Lawyers in South Africa allege that Dewani had hired the hit-man to murder his wife whilst the couple were on a trip through a notorious slum area in Cape Town. 

The couple's car was hijacked in the Gugulethu township as they made their way back to their hotel on the night of November 13th with the hijackers removing the driver and Mr Dewani from the vehicle and later shooting dead Ms Dewani in an attack that South African police say was staged.

Dewani's extradition was first ordered two years ago but the High Court ruled it would be "unjust and oppressive" for him to be sent to South Africa because of his mental health.

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