Dewani ‘won’t appear in court next week’

2011-02-01 07:22

Honeymoon murder accused Shrien Dewani will not appear in court next week, his publicist said in a report today.

“He is not well. He is obviously suffering from the grief of losing his partner and the added stress of all this. He has lost 10 kg and isn’t doing well,” said his spokesperson, Max Clifford, according to a report in The Star newspaper.

“He won’t be in court next week. Proceedings will be a mere formality, a 20-minute in and out. A date for further proceedings will be set.”

Dewani’s extradition case was postponed on January 20 to February 8 after a UK court heard that he was suffering from a stress disorder and could not appear.

At the January 20 hearing in the City of Westminster Magistrates Court, Chief Magistrate Howard Riddle said he would review whether Dewani should attend on February 8, when the extradition case against him would be formally opened.

Dewani is facing charges of conspiracy to murder, murder, kidnapping, robbery with aggravated circumstances and obstruction of the administration of justice, the UK-based Press Association reported.

South African authorities were seeking to have Dewani, from Westbury-on-Trym in Bristol, come back to the country to stand trial.

Anni Dewani, from Sweden, was shot when the newlywed couple’s taxi was hijacked in the Gugulethu township on the outskirts of Cape Town on November 13.

She was found dead in the back of the abandoned vehicle with a bullet wound to her neck.

Driver Zola Tongo was sentenced to 18 years in prison in South Africa after he submitted a plea agreement which implicated Dewani in an alleged R15 000 hit on Anni.

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