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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".