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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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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