Shrien Dewani declared fit to stand trial

Honeymoon murder suspect Shrien Dewani was today declared mentally fit to stand trial at a court in South Africa, AFP Africa has reported.

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The case against Shrien Dewani

Shrien Dewani and Anni Dewani. Credit: PA

It is the South African state's case that Shrien Dewani conspired with Cape Town residents Zola Tongo, Mziwamadoda Qwabe and Xolile Mngeni to kill his wife.

  • Tongo, Qwabe, and Mngeni are already serving jail terms in connection with the murder.
  • Dewani said he and his wife Anni were kidnapped at gunpoint as they drove through Gugulethu in Cape Town in a taxi in November 2010.
  • He was released unharmed, but his wife's body was found in the abandoned car the next day. She had been shot dead.
  • Following a protracted legal battle over the seriousness of his mental health problems, Dewani was extradited from the UK in April.
  • He is charged with conspiracy to commit kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances, murder, kidnapping, and defeating the ends of justice.

Victim's sister hails Shrien Dewani court decision

Honeymoon murder accused Shrien Dewani has been found fit to stand trial in a move his wife's sister hailed as "a huge step in the right direction".

A mental health panel in South Africa unanimously decided that the 34-year-old businessman is not mentally ill and should be tried in October for Anni Dewani's murder in Cape Town.

Shrien Dewani is accused of paying three men to kill his wife Anni. Credit: ITV News

Her sister Ami Denborg said:

It's a relief for all of us. We've been waiting quite a long time for this. I know this autumn is going to be tough for us but we still want the trial to start so that we can get the information we need, we can get to know what really happened.

It feels like we're moving forward. It's still a long way to go but at least we're taking steps in the right direction, and this feels like a huge step in the right direction.

– Ami Denborg

Dewani, whose family attended court, is expected to appear again on September 9 for a pre-trial hearing, before his trial starts on October 6.

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UK businessman Dewani set for October murder trial

The British businessman accused of organising the murder of his wife on their honeymoon in South Africa is set to face trial in October.

Shrien Dewani was today declared fit to stand trial after a panel of three psychiatrists and a clinical psychologist assessed his mental health and concluded that he was not mentally ill.

Dewani, from Bristol, is accused of paying three men to kill Anni Dewani during the couple's honeymoon, which he denies.

Shrien and Anni Dewani at their wedding. Credit: ITV News

Dewani was extradited from the UK to face trial charged with conspiracy to commit kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances, murder, kidnapping, and defeating the ends of justice.

He previously appeared at Western Cape High Court on June 20 after receiving treatment at Valkenberg Hospital in Cape Town since April. He had been detained for observation ahead of today's court appearance.

Before his extradition, Dewani was detained in a hospital in Britain for depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Shrien Dewani 'declared mentally fit to stand trial'

Shrien Dewani is accused of paying three men to kill his wife on honeymoon. Credit: Reuters/Paul Hackett

Honeymoon murder suspect Shrien Dewani was today declared mentally fit to stand trial at a court in South Africa, AFP Africa has reported.

The millionaire businessman's new wife Anni Dewani died when she was shot in the neck as the couple travelled in a taxi on the outskirts of Cape Town in November 2010.

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