Dewani pre-trial conference postponed

2012-04-13 13:18
Xolile Mngeni tries to hide his face as he enters the Western Cape High Court for the pre-trial conference in the Anni Dewani murder case. The case was postponed by a week. (Schalk van Zuydam, AP)

Xolile Mngeni tries to hide his face as he enters the Western Cape High Court for the pre-trial conference in the Anni Dewani murder case. The case was postponed by a week. (Schalk van Zuydam, AP)

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Cape Town - The pre-trial conference of Xolile Mngeni and Mziwamadoda Qwabe, accused of murdering honeymooner Anni Dewani, was postponed for a week by the Western Cape High Court on Friday.

South Africa is trying to extradite Anni's husband, businessman Shrien Dewani, from the United Kingdom to stand trial for her murder.

Anni, 28, was shot dead in an apparent car hijacking while she and her husband were on honeymoon in Cape Town in November 2010.

An order for his extradition was signed by the UK secretary of state in September, but Britain's High Court temporarily halted the extradition on mental health grounds, saying it would be "unjust and oppressive".

He would be extradited to South Africa as soon as he was fit. Dewani is being treated in a mental health hospital in his hometown of Bristol, western England.

The pre-trial conference of Mngeni and Qwabe will continue next Friday. They face counts of kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances, murder, and two charges relating to the illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

The alleged conspiracy to murder Anni also involved two other men - shuttle bus driver Zola Robert Tongo and Monde Mbolombo.

Tongo is already serving an 18-year jail sentence following plea bargain proceedings. Mbolombo has turned State witness and is expected to testify in the trial of Mngeni and Qwabe.

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