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Dewani found fit to stand trial

Shrien Dewani
Shrien Dewani. Credit: PA

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.

– Rodney de Kock, director of public prosecutions

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Shrien Dewani continues to be treated for mental health problems

Shrien Dewani continues to be treated for mental health problems Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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.

Dewani due in court in South Africa

Shrien Dewani was extradited to South Africa last month Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Bristol businessman Shrien Dewani is due to appear in court in South Africa this morning.

Mr Dewani was extradited last month. He's accused of arranging the murder of his wife Anni who was shot dead while they were on honeymoon in Cape Town in 2010. He denies any involvement in her death.

Chaos as Dewani appears in court in South Africa

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

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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

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Shrien Dewani 'committed to proving his innocence'

The family of murder suspect Shrien Dewani have issued a statement following his appearance in court in South Africa.

The 34-year-old was brought to Western Cape High Court in Cape Town in a police convoy this morning after he was extradited from the UK last night at the end of a long legal battle.

The millionaire businessman from Bristol is accused of paying three men to kill his wife Anni Dewani, 28, while on their honeymoon which he denies.

After a brief appearance in court Mr Dewani was sent to a psychiatric hospital in Cape Town until next month.

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 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.

– Family of Shrien Dewani
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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

Dewani remanded into custody at psychiatric hospital

ITV Reporter Robert Murphy is at the West Cape High Court in Cape Town.

He says Shrien Dewani appeared in a 'dark suit and black tie...he looked nervous and disorientated.'

Mr Dewani has been remanded into custody and will be taken to the Valkenburg Hospital for assessment of his mental illness.

The case has been postponed until 12 May 2014.

Get the latess updates from @RobMurphyitv on Twitter.

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