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Dewani due at court in South Africa

Shrien Dewani is expected to appear in court today in South Africa. Photo: PA

Bristol businessman Shrien Dewani is expected to appear in court today in South Africa, accused to arranging his wife's murder.

Anni Dewani died when she was shot in the neck as the couple travelled in a taxi on the outskirts of Cape Town in November 2010.

Dewani is accused of paying three men to kill her during the couple's honeymoon, which he denies.

He is expected to attend the court today and it is expected to be a plea hearing.

Dewani was extradited from the UK to face trial charged with conspiracy to commit kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances, murder, kidnapping, and defeating the ends of justice.

He previously appeared at Western Cape High Court on June 20 after receiving treatment at Valkenberg Hospital in Cape Town since April.

The court ruled he will stand trial in October if found fit by a mental health panel.

A panel of three psychiatrists and a clinical psychologist were set to assess Dewani's mental health over 30 days.

The decision followed a report by psychiatrist Dr Sean Baumann which "differed in its opinion" to that of Professor Tuviah Zabow, who is acting on behalf of the defendant, the South African Press Association reported.

Dewani was detained for observation ahead of today's expected court appearance, and a provisional trial date was set for October 6.

Family members of Anni Dewani arrive at a court hearing in London last year. Credit: PA

Before his extradition, Dewani was detained in a hospital in Britain for depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

It is the South African state's case that he 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 has not yet been asked to plead.

He claimed he and his wife Anni were kidnapped at gunpoint as they drove through Gugulethu in Cape Town in a taxi in November 2010.

The couple had been on honeymoon in the country. He was released unharmed, but his wife's body was found in the abandoned car the next day. She had been shot dead.

The South African authorities have been waiting for more than three years to get Dewani into the dock.

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