Dewani to be kept in medical facility

2014-03-24 09:06
Shrien Dewani. (File, AFP)

Shrien Dewani. (File, AFP)

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Johannesburg - British murder-accused Shrien Dewani will be kept at a medical facility when he arrives in South Africa to face charges for plotting his wife’s death.

"He will be kept at a medical facility due to his peculiar medical condition," Justice department spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said.

Dewani is the second high profile extradition to the country this year.

Earlier this year, George Louca was extradited from Cypriot to face charges for the murder of Lolly Jackson.

‘He will receive a fair trial’

Speaking on the Dewani extradition, Mhaga said he was expected to leave London on 7 April and land in South Africa the next day.

"Upon arrival the NPA [National Prosecuting Authority] and SAPS [SA Police Service] will cause him to appear in the Western Cape High Court depending on the time of his arrival," Mhaga said in a statement.

Mhaga said they were working tirelessly to ensure that Dewani’s return to the country brought finality to the protracted legal process.

"We are confident that he will receive a fair trial in our courts," he said.

Dewani claims he and Anni were kidnapped at gunpoint as they drove through Gugulethu in Cape Town in a taxi in November 2010.

Dewani was released unharmed. The next day his wife's body was found in the abandoned car. She had been shot dead.

Accomplices

The couple were on honeymoon at the time.

Xolile Mngeni was convicted of the murder and jailed for life. Prosecutors allege Dewani hired him to kill his wife.

Taxi driver Zola Tongo was jailed for 18 years after he admitted his part in the killing.

Another accomplice, Mziwamadoda Qwabe, pleaded guilty to murder and received a 25-year prison sentence.

Dewani, who is being detained in hospital in Britain under the Mental Health Act, has denied any part in the murder.
- SAPA
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