Dewani to be treated as a normal suspect

2014-04-07 14:35
Shrien Dewani. (File, AFP)

Shrien Dewani. (File, AFP)

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Justice Dept all set for Dewani arrival

2014-04-07 13:52

The National Prosecuting Authority briefed the media on the expected arrival of honeymoon murder accused Shrien Dewani. Watch. WATCH

Cape Town - The department of justice has declared that honeymoon murder accused Shrien Dewani will be lead out of the "hole" as a normal suspect when he appears for the first time in a South African court on Tuesday.

“Once he is processed he will walk the normal path like any other accused what is commonly known as ‘the gat’ in Afrikaans for those who don’t know ‘the hole’,” provincial justice department head Hishaam Mohamed told News24 on Monday.

“He will come through the cell area and walk up the stairs into the court...he will be treated like any other accused person.”

Mohamed said Dewani would not be taken to a police station first for processing, as was usually the case.

'All systems go'

Dewani will be formally charged with the murder of his wife Anni when he lands in Cape Town, justice department national spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said.

Mhaga said indications from the National Prosecuting Authority were that charges of conspiracy to commit murder and defeating the ends of justice still stood.

He said Dewani's flight would take off from England on Monday night and would land in Cape Town on Tuesday morning.

He would be taken directly to the Western Cape High Court at 11:30 and charged.

Mhaga was addressing journalists at the court on the technical aspects of Dewani's first appearance.

"To this end, it's all systems go and preparations for his arrival are still under way," Mhaga said.

Courtroom four was packed, with around 60 local and foreign journalists, photographers and videographers.

- Sapa and News24

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