Dewani lodges extradition appeal

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British businessman Shrien Dewani today lodged an appeal against an order that he can be extradited to South Africa over his wife's murder.

The move for a High Court challenge comes after Home Secretary Theresa May signed an order for the extradition.

Care home owner Dewani is accused of arranging a hit on his bride Anni during their honeymoon in Cape Town last November.

Mrs May's decision came after District Judge Howard Riddle ruled at Belmarsh Magistrates' Court in south east London last month that Dewani, 31, should be sent back to South Africa to stand trial.

Suspicion fell on Dewani after Mrs Dewani, 28, was shot dead when the couple's cab was hijacked in the dangerous Gugulethu township.

Taxi driver Zola Tongo, who has admitted his part in the crime, claimed in a plea agreement with prosecutors that Dewani ordered the carjacking and paid for a hit on his wife.

Dewani, who is said to be suffering from severe post-traumatic stress disorder, denies any wrongdoing.