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Timeline: Shrien Dewani to go on trial over wife Anni's South Africa murder

Shrien Dewani and Anni Dewani. Credit: ITV News

Almost four years after her death Anni Dewani's husband Shrien is due to go on trial for her murder in South Africa.

Here is a look at a timeline of events so far:

  • 13th November 2010 - Shrien and Anni Dewani's cab is hijacked as their chauffeur drives them through the rough township of Gugulethu on the outskirts of Cape Town on their honeymoon. Dewani escapes but his wife is driven off and killed. Her body is found the next morning in the back of the abandoned vehicle. A subsequent post-mortem examination finds she was shot in the neck.
Shrien Dewani and Anni Dewani. Credit: PA
  • 16th November - Xolile Mngeni, from the township of Khayelitsha, is arrested by Western Cape Police. Dewani leaves South Africa.
  • 17th November - Mngeni is charged with the hijacking and murder.
  • 18th November - Police arrest a second suspect, Mzwamadoda Qwabe, also from Khayelitsha.
  • 20th November - Police arrest a third suspect, the couple's taxi driver Zola Tongo, from Cape Town.
  • 23rd November - Dewani rejects speculation that he was somehow involved in the car-jacking, telling The Sun: "People who suggest this could not have seen us together."
  • 7th December - Tongo is jailed for 18 years after making a plea agreement with prosecutors. The taxi driver claims Dewani offered him 15,000 rand (£1,300) to have his wife killed - something strongly denied by the British businessman's family. Dewani is arrested in Bristol under a South African warrant on suspicion of conspiring to murder his wife.
  • 8th December - Dewani appears at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court in London and is remanded in custody as the South African authorities fight to extradite him.
Shrien Dewani was extradited from the UK. Credit: PA
  • 3rd March 2011 - Dewani, who is said to be suffering from severe post-traumatic stress disorder, is sent to the Priory Hospital in Bristol.
  • 20th April - He is compulsorily detained under the Mental Health Act at Fromeside Clinic, a secure hospital in Bristol.
  • 3rd - 5th May - Dewani's extradition hearing begins at Belmarsh Magistrates' Court in London. Prosecutors cite an unnamed witness who claims Dewani confessed he needed to "find a way out of" his marriage months before the wedding.
  • 10th August - District Judge Howard Riddle rules that Dewani can be extradited to South Africa to stand trial.
  • 28th September - Home Secretary Theresa May signs an order for Dewani to be extradited to South Africa.
  • 30th September - Dewani lodges a High Court appeal against Mrs May's decision.
Shrien Dewani was extradited from the UK. Credit: Press Association
  • 10th February 2012 - The Western Cape High Court in South Africa hears that Dewani is to be added as the fourth accused when the murder trial eventually gets under way.
  • 30th March - The High Court temporarily halts Dewani's extradition.
  • 8th August - South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority announces that Qwabe has pleaded guilty to murdering Mrs Dewani along with charges of kidnapping, robbery and the illegal possession of a firearm. He is jailed for 25 years.
  • 19th November - Mngeni is found guilty of premeditated murder at the Western Cape High Court. He is also convicted of robbery with aggravating circumstances and illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition. But he is acquitted of Mrs Dewani's kidnapping.
  • 5th December - Xolile Mngeni is jailed for life for shooting Mrs Dewani.
  • 13th February 2013 - Dewani is admitted to hospital suffering chest pains, his family say.
  • 24th July - Chief Magistrate Howard Riddle rules Dewani should be extradited to South Africa. Lawyers acting for Dewani immediately announce their intention to appeal.
  • 22nd October - Dewani's extradition is delayed.
Shrien Dewani and Anni Dewani.
  • 31st January 2014 - Dewani, compulsorily detained in hospital under the Mental Health Act, loses his latest High Court bid to block his extradition after assurances about the suspect's treatment by South African authorities.
  • 23rd March - After a final appeal, South African officials confirm Dewani will be extradited on April 7.
  • 7th April - Hours before Dewani's departure, Anni Dewani's brother tells of the family's anguish in their quest for answers. Anish Hindocha tells ITV: "We are just focusing on this case at the moment and it is hard to even start making the grieving process final yet because there are so many questions we need answers to."
  • 8th April - Dewani arrives in Cape Town at around 8.15am ahead of a court hearing. He is later sent to a psychiatric unit.
  • 9th September - Defence lawyers ask for the phone bills and prison records relating to two men already jailed in connection with the killing to be made available to them. It is not, Mr van Zyl says, a "fishing expedition".
  • 6th October - Trial of Shrien Dewani begins in South Africa.

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