South African prosecutor seeks to extradite Australian

Betty Ketani (second from left) was kidnapped and murdered in 1999.
Betty Ketani (second from left) was kidnapped and murdered in 1999.

SOUTH African authorities will try to extradite an Australian flight attendant accused of involvement in a high-profile kidnapping and murder, after three men were convicted over the killing.

Johannesburg-based prosecutor Herman Broodryk confirmed to the ABC he would seek the extradition of former Jetstar air hostess Monique Neeteson-Lemkes, 38, who was the alleged mastermind behind the grisly torture and murder of South African woman Betty Ketani in 1999.

Mr Broodryk also said he would ask Australia to extradite former Queensland policeman Mark Lister, who was allegedly involved in the kidnapping of Ms Ketani. Mr Lister has denied any involvement in the kidnapping or murder.

Ms Ketani, a mother of three, was working in a Thai restaurant owned by Ms Neeteson-Lemkes' father in South Africa when she went missing.

Her disappearance languished in the cold case files until 13 years later, when a letter was discovered under some carpet in a house in Johannesburg.


Topics:  australia court crime south africa

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