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.

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