Anni Dewani's family in court

2013-07-01 19:17
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Shrien en Anni Dewani

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London - Relatives of honeymoon murder victim Anni Dewani were at a London court on Monday for the start of his extradition hearing, the British Press Association reported.

Anni Dewani, 28, was shot dead in a minibus taxi on the outskirts of Cape Town in November 2010. So far three men had been jailed for her murder.

Her husband Shrien Dewani, 33, has been accused of orchestrating her killing, which he denies.

At the Westminster Magistrates' Court her father Vinod Hindocha, sister Ami Denborg, and brother Anish Hindocha watched from the public gallery with other relatives as a five-day extradition hearing began.

Shrien Dewani was excused from attending the hearing, but his father Prakash and brother Preyen came to court.

He was being treated for post-traumatic stress disorder and depression at a hospital in Bristol. There had been fluctuations in the state of his mental health.

His lawyers previously claimed he would be a high suicide risk if extradited, and his human rights might be violated due to the risk of being violently attacked and sexually assaulted in a South African prison and potentially contracting HIV or Aids.

Dewani was ordered to return to the country in 2011, but this was successfully appealed against and judges ordered that Chief Magistrate Howard Riddle review the case.

Hugo Keith, QC, for the South African government, began proceedings by summarising the case history.

He said the appeal judges found that South African authorities offered assurances that Dewani would be kept in a single cell if he returned, and therefore would be at less risk of attack.

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