Anni’s dad puzzled by new delay

2012-09-19 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Anni Dewani’s father said yesterday from London that all he wanted was for his son-in-law, Shrien Dewani, to be sent to South Africa as soon as possible to face trial for her murder.

Vinod Hindocha told sister paper Die Burger by phone from London that he could not understand why the UK hearing to determine Dewani’s mental state and fitness to be extradited had been postponed again.

“I am certain he would get a fair trial in South Africa,” he said. He hoped yesterday’s was the final postponement.

Howard Riddle ruled in the Westminister Magistrate’s Court yesterday that Dewani must attend the next hearing, on October 12. According to British newspapers a date for the continuation of the extradition hearing will be set down then.

Psychiatrist Dr Ian Cumming, who has been briefed by the British prosecution service to evaluate Dewani’s mental state on behalf of the SA government, indicated yesterday that he needed another two weeks to go through all the reoprts.

Dewani’s lawyers want to apply for a easing of his bail conditions, apparently to facilitate his treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.

He is an in-patient at the Fromeside Clinic, where a strict curfew is in place, and he has to be accompanied by a staff member when leaving the premises.

The lawyers were told that if Dewani was not present in October, the application would not be considered.

The court was told that his condition has improved.

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