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Dewani deemed unfit to stand trial in South Africa

The trial of honeymoon murder-suspect Shrien Dewani has been adjourned after it was ruled he is unfit to stand trial.

The Western Cape High Court ordered that Dewani remain at Valkenberg Hospital in Cape Town to receive further treatment for his mental health and the case was adjourned by Judge President John Hlophe until June 20.

Shrien Dewani was extradited from the UK last month. Credit: Press Association

The millionaire businessman is accused of paying three men to kill his wife during the couple's honeymoon, which he denies.

In today's pre-trial conference, Francois van Zyl told how his client had fared in his month as a hospital patient, the South African Press Association reported.

He said: "I am informed that he has been fully co-operative and that his condition has improved. We have been told by treating psychiatrists not to consult with him for longer than 30 minutes at a time."

He said Dewani lacked the ability to concentrate for longer than this time but he remained hopeful that his client would improve enough to "instruct us properly".

Father of Anni Dewani: 'We can't sleep at night'

The father of murdered bride Anni Dewani said he has "not been able to sleep at night" since his daughter was killed on a honeymoon in South Africa.

Vinod Hindocha told ITV News: "It's been very difficult for us to go ahead with our lives."

"Nights are difficult. Days can go but we can't sleep at night, even today. Every single day, between three and four, we get up and just wonder why.

"Both of us just ask each other why. And every single day it's the same procedure. I hope that we get these answers and at least we can go ahead with our lives. I know it will be very difficult, but we have to try. But before that we need the answers."

Watch: Anni Dewani's father 'It's been torture for us'

Read: Shrien Dewani remanded in custody by South African court


Anni Dewani's father: 'It's been torture for us'

Anni Dewani's father has said that the past three years waiting for Shrien to be extradited has been "torture" for the family.

In an exclusive for British television, Vinod Hindocha told ITV News: "Believe me. Every day has been a torture for us, thinking of Anni, and thinking of why did she die?

"We have had very, very difficult times. We've been fighting for this. And now we are there."

He also talked about the moment he knew there was a problem, saying that at the time he "didn't know whether she was dead or not".

Mr Hindocha added: "I found out in Amsterdam, at the airport. That was a nightmare believe me."

Read: Shrien Dewani remanded in custody after court appearance

Anni Dewani's father: Shrien must 'answer questions'

The father of murdered bride Anni Dewani has said he and his family are "happy" that Shrien Dewani has been extradited to South Africa and will "have to answer questions".

Vinod Hindocha has told ITV News - in a British television exclusive - that he had mixed feelings about the English justice system, adding that he felt the trial should have begun three years ago.

He said: "We are quite happy with the judgement and the court decisions from England. Now we hope to get the answers we are looking for over the past three and a half years.

"I knew he would have to go one day or the other [to face trial in South Africa]. He should have been there three years back. But the English justice system - that's the way it is.

"At least he is there now, and he will have to answer the questions."

Read: Shrien Dewani remanded in custody after court appearance

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Dewani arrival captured by Cape Town journalist

Journalist Leigh-Anne Jansen has tweeted a picture of Shrien Dewani arriving in Cape Town.

The reporter, working for eNCA, captured the suspect on camera this morning.

Picture credit: eNCA

Shrien Dewani 'committed to proving innocence'

The family of Shrien Dewani have released a statement following his first appearance at a South African court:

Shrien remains committed to proving his innocence in a court of law and uncovering the truth behind his wife’s murder.

The extradition process has resulted in a number of assurances being provided by the South African authorities in relation to his continued hospital treatment.

We are grateful to the South African authorities for these assurances.

Shrien's family and his legal team have every confidence in the South African judicial system.

We look forward to his health improving, his name being cleared and there being an end to this legal trauma for all involved.

We recognise the widespread public interest in this case but respect the proper place for its resolution to be the South African Courts.

– Statement from the Dewani family


Shrien Dewani remanded in custody until May 12

ITV News reporter Rob Murphy is at Western Cape High Court:


Dewani appeared in dark suit and black tie. He looled nervous and disorientated. Remanded in custody till May 12.


He willbe kept mp bat Valkenburg Hospital for assessment of his mental illness.

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Shrien Dewani arrives in court in South Africa

It has been confirmed that Shrien Dewani has arrived at West Cape High Court in Cape Town South Africa.

Mr Dewani is accused of planning the murder of his wife Anni while they were on their honeymoon.

He was extradited from the UK last night. South African authorities chartered a private plane to transport him.

Shrien Dewani arrives in Cape Town on 'private' flight

Shrien Dewani, the husband of honeymoon murder victim Anni Dewani, has arrived in Cape Town ahead of a court appearance this morning.


Away from Pretoria, SA authorities confirm that Shrien Dewani has arrived in Cape Town with doctor, nurse, police and Interpol officers


Authorities chose not to use a commercial flight "as his identity is well known. His peculiar medical condition needed to be monitored"


South African authorities used a private aircraft for medical and security reasons. They wanted to ensure his journey was "hazard free"

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