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Dewani's lawers fight against extradition

Lawyers for Bristol businessman Shrien Dewani are back at the High Court today for his latest battle to avoid extradition to South Africa.

The 33-year-old is accused of organising his wife's murder on their honeymoon. She was shot dead in a taxi near Cape Town.

Mr Dewani is trying to overturn an earlier ruling that he should be sent to South Africa for trial, as his mental state means he's currently unfit to plead.

Shrien Dewani is accused of arranging his wife, Anni's murder


Anni Dewani's mother says 'how long do I have to wait?'

Speaking outside court today, the mother of Anni Dewani, who was shot as she and her new husband Shrien Dewani travelled in a taxi on the outskirts of Cape Town in November 2010, said:

I am the mother of a murdered daughter. How long do I have to wait?

It is nearly three years since she was killed and we have kept our dignity and respect throughout.

I was brought up to believe British justice is the best in the world so it is very hard to understand why we are still here.

– Anni Nilam Hindocha

Shrien Dewani is fighting removal to South Africa to face trial over his wife's death until he has recovered from mental health problems.

Judges indicate Dewani will get a further hearing

Murder suspect Shrien Dewani will get a further hearing in his legal battle against extradition, High Court judges have indicated.

The final decision will come this afternoon from the panel of three judges headed by the Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas.

It was accepted that the case should be reopened on one "point of law" relating to Dewani's status as "an accused person", Lord Thomas said.

Shrien Dewani to apply to get extradition blocked

A man wanted in South Africa over the death of his wife is taking his extradition fight to the next stage today.

Shrien Dewani Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

South African police say Shrien Dewani from Bristol organised the murder of his wife Anni during their Cape Town honeymoon three years ago.

Mr Dewani denies all the charges, he is applying to two High Court judges to get his extradition blocked in the Court of Appeal.

Dewani ruling due in 20 days

Shrien Dewani. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

A judge deciding whether Bristol businessman Shrien Dewani should face trial in South Africa will give his ruling on July 24th.

Mr Dewani is facing charges there for allegedly arranging the murder of his wife Anni, who was shot dead on their honeymoon in November 2010. He denies any involvement in the killing but his lawyers say he is suffering from depression and too ill to be extradited.


Dewani would be an 'exception' if extradited

Shrien Dewani. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images

South African authorities would make "an exception" for Bristol honeymoon murder accused Shrien Dewani by allowing him mainstream mental health treatment instead of sending him to a forensic unit, a court has heard.

Psychiatrist Dr Ian Cumming told Westminster Magistrates' Court he had visited the country and been reassured the businessman would be admitted to a general ward at Valkenberg Hospital in Cape Town, rather than a unit where people are sent by the courts.

33 year old Mr Dewani is accused of plotting the death of his 28-year-old wife Anni, who was shot as the couple travelled in a taxi on the outskirts of Cape Town in November 2010.

He is facing extradition to South Africa to face trial over her murder, in which he denies any involvement.

Dewani 'should be sent to South Africa' to face trial, court hears

The Bristol businessman accused of arranging the murder of his wife while on their honeymoom in South Africa is still suffering a range of mental illnesses, a court has heard. But a lawyer told the extradition hearing that he is improving, and should be sent to South Africa to stand trial.

Shrien Dewani is still receiving treatment at a psychiatric unit in Bristol, and was not at the hearing in London. Bob Constantine reports.

Shrien Dewani suffers a relapse

Shrien Dewani at a bail hearing in February 2011 Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

A court has heard that a Bristol businessman accused of being involved in the murder of his wife while on their honeymoon in South Africa has had a relapse. Shrien Dewani, who is 33, is being treated at a hospital in Bristol for post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.

Westminster Magistrates' Court was told he was taken off medication after a bad reaction. He has been sectioned for another 12 months under the Mental Health Act.

A full extradition hearing will still go ahead on 1 July.

Anni Dewani was shot when the taxi the couple were using was hijacked in a Cape Town township in 2010. Mr Dewani denies any involvement in her death.

Three South African men have been jailed for life over Mrs Dewani's murder.

Dewani "terrified of car travel"

Shrien Dewani's mental health has worsened, according to his lawyer Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

A Bristol businessman wanted in South Africa over the honeymoon murder of his wife in a taxi is now terrified of travelling by car, his lawyer told a court today.

Shrien Dewani is currently being treated in a secure mental health hospital for depression and post-traumatic stress disorder so he can be extradited to face the charges.

Dewani's 28-year-old wife Anni was shot when a taxi the couple were travelling in was hijacked in the Gugulethu township on the outskirts of Cape Town in 2010.

His lawyer, Clare Montgomery, told Westminster Magistrates' Court the symptoms he's suffering have worsened, making him a "husk of a man".

She said: "He cannot travel by car as he has a severe reaction, he doesn't want to get into a travelling car or go outside.

"He doesn't even want to go to the shops on his own," she added as the conditions of his bail were discussed.

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