The British newlywed accused of paying to have his bride killed on their South African honeymoon is to be held in jail after an appeal was lodged against the granting of £250,000 bail.
Shrien Dewani, who was arrested on Tuesday night on a South African extradition warrant, was initially granted bail when he appeared at City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Wendesday afternoon.
But the South African authorities lodged an immediate appeal, which means the businessman from Bristol will be held in custody pending a High Court hearing.
Dewani, whose wife Anni, 28, was shot dead last month as they visited a township, was arrested on suspicion of conspiring to murder her.
The 30-year-old was accused of ordering her death by taxi driver Zola Tongo as Tongo was sentenced for his part in the killing in a South African court on Tuesday.
The court heard that Tongo had not only implicated Dewani in the murder, but had also mentioned to another man that he thought it was not the first time the Briton had arranged such a killing.
The taxi driver said he got the impression that Dewani had been in South Africa before and “had done something like this before and said he wanted the murder to look like a hijacking”, according to a statement given to South African police by an alleged middle-man.
Acting for the South African authorities, lawyer Ben Watson told the extradition hearing that Dewani had met Tongo at Cape Town international airport and arranged for him to take him and his new bride to their hotel and to act as their tour guide.
As their guide, Tongo collected the couple from their hotel and took them out for dinner at a seafood restaurant. On their way back, they passed through the dangerous Gugulethu township, where the allegedly pre-ordered hijacking took place, Mr Watson said.
Speaking outside City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court, members of Mrs Dewani’s family said they wanted “justice for Anni”. Asked if Mr Dewani should return to South Africa, one man said: “I would say he needs to go. That is all I would say.”