Dewani will be fit for trial, court told

2011-12-15 07:34

Honeymoon murder accused Shrien Dewani would be fit to stand trial in South Africa, a London court has been told.

Hugo Keith, representing the South African government, argued in the high court yesterday that Dewani would receive a good standard of psychiatric care, if extradited to South Africa.

The Star newspaper reported that Keith referred to a recent psychiatric report on Dewani, which states that he “will improve in mental state and indeed will recover ... It is highly unusual for cases of depression and/or post-traumatic stress disorder not to improve in the medium to long term”.

The two judges adjourned the case.

Dewani stands accused of masterminding the killing of his bride, Anni, in Khayelitsha in Cape Town, in November last year.

The couple’s taxi driver, Xola Tongo, has made a plea bargain with the state, admitting that he helped Dewani set up the murder, allegedly meant to look like a hijacking.

Tongo is serving 18 years in jail. The two alleged hit men were still awaiting trial.

The UK signed an extradition order for Dewani in September, which he is now trying to appeal.

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