Psychiatrists in Dewani trial probed

2012-08-31 10:36

Cape Town - The British prosecuting authority will investigate a business partnership entered into by psychiatrists on opposite sides in Shrien Dewani's extradition hearing, it was reported on Friday.

Die Burger
reported that Michael Kopelman and Nigel Eastman formed the Forensic Psychiatry Chamber LLP on July 1 2011 just days before they issued a joint statement on Dewani's health.

Kopelman was representing the South African government while Eastman was acting on behalf of 32-year-old Dewani.

In the statement, they both agreed that Dewani was suffering from serious depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

They also agreed Dewani was at risk of committing suicide and that he could not plead because he was unable to follow proceedings or give instructions to his lawyers.

Dewani stands accused of plotting his wife Anni's murder in Cape Town in November 2010.

The British prosecution authority's July Seddon told the newspaper they had not been aware of the possible conflict of interest but would definitely investigate.

Eastman said he could not comment on anything to do with the case.

"The trial is still going on and I refuse to say anything," he said.

The British Press Association reported that the hearing would resume on September 18, when further medical evidence on Dewani's condition would be given.

  • Rabbler.Rouser - 2012-08-31 10:42

    Dewani must stop flopping around and just face trial in South Africa.

  • gavin.lott.9 - 2012-08-31 10:50

    Fire the frauds & send shrien to SA for trial!

  • dave.reyneke - 2012-08-31 10:55

    Seems like Dewani's connections bought both theses shrinks and if confirmed, thats the end for them as more ways than one.

      narike.lintvelt.9 - 2012-08-31 11:41

      We can but hope. Time for this coldblooded cowardly murderous bastard to be brought to justice.

  • thabojames.mohanoe - 2012-08-31 10:57

    lol, he is fit to stand the trial,he is just playing selebi-shaik game. let him Z wil giv him medical parole.

  • tednhet - 2012-08-31 11:03

    Well if he is suisidal, what is the problem,he had his wife murdered

      Linds - 2012-08-31 11:07

      The problem is we'll never hear his side of the story, which is important for the family. He needs to be cross examined.

      ally.oh.7 - 2012-08-31 13:44

      If he's suicidal, then he should just put us all out of our misery and hang himself ... after he's confessed to mastminding the murder. The world would be a better place without that jerk.

  • nina.ignjatov - 2012-08-31 11:06

    Cannot wait for Him to be Sent d to SA :)

      gavin.lott.9 - 2012-08-31 11:12

      I'll be like a kid at Christmas!

  • Trevorcentury - 2012-08-31 11:09

    How in hell do the British allow a man who took the life of his bride towalk around free living his.

      elspeth.hassall - 2012-08-31 11:39

      He's not walking around free...he is in a psychiatric hospital...however he should be in jail, here in SA, awaiting trial!! Hopefully, this new development will help get him here, but could delay matters even further...grrrrrr...

  • steveroodt - 2012-08-31 11:09

    There was a article about new South African Words and Meanings this should be written down in the books. Depression: Get out of Jail Free Card

  • gavin.lott.9 - 2012-08-31 11:19

    Shrien, do you need a taxi from Cape Town International Airport??

  • John Peter Steyn - 2012-08-31 11:27

    I'm sure if he escapes prison he will no longer be depressed. Nice ass Dewani, Pappa wag vir jou.

  • Matthew Slade - 2012-08-31 11:38

    I see

  • Matthew Slade - 2012-08-31 11:42

    This just isn't acceptable

  • michelle.blackie - 2012-08-31 11:47

    Me thinks, I smell a rat .....

  • amused.reader.7 - 2012-08-31 11:52

    As i understand he is incarcerated in a mental institute, and, under the terms of the court ruling, as soon as he is released, he will be immedeately extradited to SA. From what i have seen of the case this seems entirely sensible. If he isnt fit to stand trial mentally, even in our court system, he cant be tried until he is better. I, like most people, based on what i have read (which is only what other have chosen to let me read remember !!), think he is guilty. I want to see him in court, but only when he is capable of defending himself. if he is locked up until then, i have no issue.

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  • christina.setloboko - 2012-08-31 15:44

    Planned perfect hit gone wrong, nothing under the sun will not come to light, some take 10,20 years some take a day, sorry Diwali you did not even enjoy what you were hoping for, you will reap what you sow, playing sick wont help you, so pls be a man and admit that you made a mistake and face the music.

  • cynthia.smith.71619533 - 2012-08-31 15:46

    Of course the poor darling is suffering from serious depression and post traumatic stress. Wouldn't you if you killed your wife/husband? I cannot wait for this thing to come to South Africa and pay for taking the life of a very beautiful woman. What a disgrace to the Indian nation. Shame on you!!!!!!!

  • ndou.miranda - 2012-08-31 15:56

    Janice as soon as he stops his Acting role.

  • gregory.jurgens - 2012-08-31 16:37

    Let the \A\ hole commit suicide. He will be doing the world a favor.

  • joy.skene - 2012-09-02 10:37


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