Bristol businessman Shrien Dewani, accused of arranging his wife's murder, 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.
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, Anni's sister
Today director of public prosecutions Rodney de Kock told the Western Cape High Court:
The accused is not mentally ill.
The accused is not certifiable in terms of the Mental Health Act.
The Bristol businessman Shrien Dewani, accused of arranging the murder of his wife while on their honeymoon has appeared in court this morning and had his case adjourned until next month. He is being treated in hospital in Cape Town for mental health problems.
In a pre-trial conference this morning the court heard that Mr Dewani's condition was improving but he would remain in hospital.
There were chaotic scenes in the South African court where Shrien Dewani appeared for the first time this morning following his extradition. The 34 year old from Bristol is alleged to have organised his wife Anni's murder in 2010.
He was taken to the Western Cape High Court by police convoy, after being flown out on a private jet last night to avoid media attention. Cameras were forced out of the court this morning - Our Correspondent Robert Murphy was there and sent us this report