NPA to hold Dewani briefing

2014-04-07 05:30
Shrien Dewani (Picture: AFP)

Shrien Dewani (Picture: AFP)

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Johannesburg - The National Prosecuting Authority is expected to brief the media on the expected arrival of honeymoon murder accused Shrien Dewani on Monday.

Dewani is expected in the country on 8 April to face charges related to the murder of his wife Anni.

On 24 March the justice department spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said Dewani was expected to leave London on Monday and land in South Africa the following day.

He would then appear in the Western Cape High Court in Cape Town in connection with the murder of his wife Anni in 2010.

Dewani claims he and Anni were kidnapped at gun point 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.

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.

Mhaga said the NPA was confident that Dewani would receive a fair trial in South Africa's courts.

"He will be kept at a medical facility due to his peculiar medical condition."

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